Washington postal workers push for vaccine after outbreak in Kent facility

Washington state’s postal workers are pushing to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine alongside other frontline essential workers, following a recent breakout of the virus at a mail processing facility in Kent.

The Kent facility had 34 of its 160 workers test positive for COVID-19 over the last two weeks, with “an additional number off work in quarantine status,” according to a notice from the local union. Across the entire Seattle postal district, 242 total USPS workers have tested positive for the virus over that same period.

That has local union representative David Yao calling on the Washington State Department of Health to move postal workers up into a higher tier for vaccinations.

“A lot of postal workers are older but they haven’t gotten vaccinations, and for some reason, postal workers are not classified with grocery workers and transit workers as frontline essential workers,” Yao told KIRO Radio.

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