Community Transit vaccine mandate protects riders, drivers

I am grateful that Community Transit has joined the responsible transit agencies of our great nation like Sound Transit, King County Metro, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to mandate vaccination for covid-19. Enough is enough, and has been enough for some time.

We cannot continue to have covid-19 outbreaks at Community Transit properties, period. Nor on Washington State Ferries.

Covid-19 is a crisis. One’s choice not to vaccinate dramatically increases the risk of first getting infected with covid-19 and the risk of sliding our state into fascistic “crisis standards of care” that endanger disabled souls should mean at the least one’s contact with the public as a public transit employee is eliminated. Furthermore one’s choice is making a choice to risk being on two weeks leave from a preventable infection, creating disruption in transit service.

Clearly this is an unsustainable situation. As such, I’m grateful Community Transit CEO Ric Illgenfritz saw things my way and mandated vaccines for CT’s staff. I’m also grateful Gov. Jay Inslee and staff implemented one for Washington State Ferries. Most fellow transit riders I speak to agree: Better to bear this pain now than perpetuate an unsustainable and unhealthy status quo.

Joe A. Kunzler

Sedro-Woolley

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