Hundreds protest Washington Gov. Inslee’s vaccine mandate

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered at the state Capitol in Olympia to protest Gov. Jay Inslee’s vaccine mandate. The mandate, which Inslee announced in early August, requires most state employees, healthcare workers and K-12 employees to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18 or face losing their jobs. Organizers of the rally Saturday warned that a large segment of state workers won’t get the vaccine. Inslee has said the getting people vaccinated is essential for getting Washington past the pandemic. The Washington Federation of State Employees on Thursday sued to block the mandate, saying the state failed to bargain over the issue in good faith.