Washington lawmaker: Forced vaccination is ‘antithetical to free society’

Aug 2, 2021, 3:54 PM
forced vaccination, olympia...
In this aerial view from a drone, the Washington State Capitol is seen on January 17, 2021 in Olympia, Washington. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
(Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

In an interview with the Jason Rantz Show, state Rep. Chris Corry (R-Yakima) criticized Gov. Inslee’s use of emergency powers in the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. This criticism is an extension of legislative attempts to prohibit the executive office from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for entry into public spaces.

Rep. Walsh introduces bill prohibiting ‘vaccine passports’ in Washington

“I will never support forced vaccination or vaccine passports,” Corry said. “I think that that is antithetical to a free society. And frankly, it’s very disturbing if we’re willing to go down this path for this and use this coronavirus as a cudgel for emergency powers.”

The governor’s office has not mandated so-called “vaccine passports.” It has issued guidelines, however, for businesses that wish to require proof of vaccination for entry.

With health officials now concerned over the recent spike in delta variant COVID-19 cases, a number of Seattle businesses have deemed such proof the appropriate response.

Over 100 Seattle bars, nightclubs, restaurants now requiring proof of vaccination

Corry also referenced the state Attorney General’s recent draft policy to mandate vaccination for employment. He called on the Washington Legislature to renew its efforts to protect workplaces from obligatory vaccination.

“This is really scary territory. The legislature needs to step up and provide protections for people that are in the workplace because I can’t imagine turning somebody out of a job because they have a reason or belief as to why they are or are not getting the vaccine,” Corry said.

In his most recent announcement on July 28, Gov. Inslee declared that in Washington state, to match updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s recommended that masks be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks will continue to be required for employees and students in K-12 schools.

Listen to the Jason Rantz Show weekday afternoons from 3 – 6 p.m. on KTTH 770 AM (or HD Radio 97.3 FM HD-Channel 3). Subscribe to the podcast here.

Jason Rantz on AM 770 KTTH
  • listen to jason rantzTune in to AM 770 KTTH weekdays at 3-6pm toThe Jason Rantz Show.

Jason Rantz Show

Jason Rantz

Dow Constantine...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Dow Constantine deletes photo as he went maskless at crowded event

King County Executive Dow Constantine doesn't practice what he preaches when it comes to COVID and masking.
3 days ago
mask, lunch...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Students told to wear mask while chewing lunch, district cites nonexistent guidance

Tacoma's Geiger School demands students chew and swallow their lunch with their mask on. The district backed the policy on guidance that doesn't exist.
5 days ago
critical race theory...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: District tells staff to defend critical race theory, but deny they teach it

Puyallup School District staff were given partisan talking points to deny that they teach Critical Race Theory and attack Republicans.
6 days ago
Seahawks, mask...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Mask mandate ignored at Seahawks game, highlights progressive hypocrisy

Seahawks ignored the mask mandate at Lumen Field. But will there be any consequences or media fretting over the super spreader threat? Nope.
7 days ago
Sawant recall...
KTTH staff

Recall group files new complaint over Kshama Sawant campaign spending

The group seeking to recall Councilmember Kshama Sawant filed a complaint alleging that she hadn't disclosed funds used to challenge the effort in court.
10 days ago
religious accommodation...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: All COVID vaccine religious accommodation requests rejected by Washington State Patrol

The Washington State Patrol has rejected every single religious accommodation request it has reviewed so far. But they say it's not a policy to reject them.
11 days ago

Sponsored Articles

IQ Air

How Poor Air Quality Is Affecting Our Future Athletes

You cannot control your child’s breathing environment 100% of the time, but you can make a huge impact.
Swedish Health Services

Special Coverage: National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

There are a wide variety of treatment options available for men with prostate cancer. The most technologically advanced treatment option in the Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform.
Marysville Police Department

Police Opportunities in a Growing, Supportive Washington Community

Marysville PD is looking for both lateral and entry level officers. Begin or continue your career in law enforcement for a growing, supportive community.
Courtesy of JWatch Photography....
Experience Anacortes

Summer Fun Activities in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.
By Alaska Airlines

Calling all football fans: follow Russell on the road

Take your Northwest spirit that we’re known for on the road this season with Alaska Airlines.
By Marysville Police Department

Police Opportunities in a Growing, Supportive Washington Community

Marysville PD is looking for lateral and entry level officers. Begin or continue your career in law enforcement for a growing, supportive community.
Washington lawmaker: Forced vaccination is ‘antithetical to free society’