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OSP: Four resignations submitted citing vaccination requirement

The Oregon State Police provided details about employee compliance with Executive Order 21-29, which required that certain workers obtain COVID-19 vaccinations.

Four OSP employees submitted resignations that cited the order as their reason for leaving, according to the written announcement released Tuesday afternoon by the state law enforcement agency.

There were 1,267 workers affected overall. Of those, 78% were fully vaccinated as of the Monday deadline for compliance.

Of the roughly 280 workers who’ve sought exemptions, about two-thirds of such requests have been approved to date. Virtually all of those, 96%, have been described as religious exemptions. The remainder are referred to as medical.

The remaining one-third of exemption -- fewer than 90 such requests -- are still being reviewed. About two-thirds of those are considered religious and the rest are medical, according to the OSP.

The Oregon State Police Officer’s Association has 11 members who are on administrative leave and their situations are characterized as “working toward compliance.” OSP and the association have not entered into an agreement regarding EO 21-29, the announcement stated.

And 10 other OSP staff members are working remotely, using personal time or taking unpaid time off to meet the vaccination requirement.

Any employee on protected leave, such as military or family leave, will be expected to work with OSP so they can be in compliance with this vaccination rule when they return to their jobs.

These workers are required to have received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine and, at least 14 days have had to pass since the person’s final dose of COVID-19 vaccine, to be in compliance with the order issued by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Aug. 13.