The Washington Academy of Family Physicians joins numerous national and statewide organizations calling for the requirement that all health care workers be vaccinated against COVID-19, except in the case of medical conditions that prevent safe vaccination or conflicting religious beliefs.
The WAFP’s mission is to empower and support family physicians caring for patients, families, and communities to advance health for all Washingtonians. A slowing vaccination uptake, particularly among health care workers, puts patients’ health at undue risk.
Data has consistently shown the available vaccines to be safe and effective. Vaccinated people are far less likely to die or suffer severe effects from contracting COVID-19.
We urge all eligible Washingtonians to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. Please contact your primary care physician or another trusted health care team member who can provide information and answer any questions.