Over 30 state representatives send letter calling on Gov. McKee to repeal vaccine mandate for healthcare workers


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Over 30 Rhode Island representatives signed a letter to Gov. Dan McKee, calling on him to get rid of the vaccine mandate for healthcare workers starting on October 1.

A total of 33 representatives signed the letter that was sent to the Governor on Tuesday morning.

“While we strongly urge all adults to get vaccinated, we also believe none of our “heroes” should be in the unemployment line should they make the personal decision to decline vaccination,” the letter read.

The representatives are asking Gov. McKee to amend the deadline and for RIDOH to come up with guidelines that would make it possible for the unvaccinated to keep their jobs.

If Gov. McKee does not amend the mandate, the Rhode Island General Assembly will address the mandate and protect the jobs of unvaccinated healthcare workers.

“If appropriate governmental action is not taken within the given time frame to protect these workers’ jobs, we respectfully request Speaker Shekarchi to reconvene the Rhode Island House of Representatives, in concert with the Rhode Island Senate, to address this extreme and unjust mandate, and, moreover, to set parameters for any future state, municipal, and private sector mandates concerning the commerce of daily life in the era of COVID-19,” the letter read.

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