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33 members of the RI House want Governor McKee to repeal or extend the vaccine mandate for health care workers

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Published on September 7, 2021
By Steve Ahlquist

Here’s the full letter:

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Dear Governor Daniel J. McKee:

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic of the last 18 months, those professionals that were society’s first line of defense against the virus—among the many, our nurses, doctors, CNAs, police, fire, emergency personnel—were lauded as “heroes” and “saviors” during this historic time of crisis.  Undaunted and unvaccinated, these individuals performed their daily duties at great personal risk to keep the rest of us healthy and the rest of us safe.  

However, now some of those same “heroes” and “saviors” are facing the loss of employment due to state executive orders mandating COVID- 19 vaccinations prior to October 1st.  While we strongly urge all adults to get vaccinated, we also believe none of our “heroes” should be in the unemployment line should they make the personal decision to decline vaccination.

We, the undersigned members of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, are respectfully calling upon Governor Daniel McKee to amend the October 1st deadline for termination of employment for those licensed professionals choosing not to be vaccinated, and to direct the Rhode Island Department of Health to develop appropriate guidelines for those individuals to retain their employment while maintaining the public health.

If appropriate governmental action is not taken within the given time frame to protect these workers’ jobs, we respectfully request Speaker Shekarchi to reconvene the Rhode Island House of Representatives, in concert with the Rhode Island Senate, to address this extreme and unjust mandate, and, moreover, to set parameters for any future state, municipal, and private sector mandates concerning the commerce of daily life in the era of COVID-19.

  • Representative Arthur Corvese (Democrat, District 55, North Providence)
  • Representative Thomas Noret (Democrat, District 25, Coventry)
  • Representative Julie Casimiro (Democrat, District 31, North Kingstown, Exeter)
  • Representative Patricia Serpa (Democrat, District 27, West Warwick)
  • Representative Deborah Fellela (Democrat, District 43, Johnston)
  • Representative Stephen Lima (Democrat, District 49, Woonsocket)
  • Representative Gregory Costantino (Democrat, District 44, Lincoln)
  • Representative Stephen Casey (Democrat, District 50, Woonsocket)
  • Representative Carlos Tobon (Democrat, District 58, Pawtucket)
  • Representative Grace Diaz (Democrat, District 11, Providence)
  • Representative Anastasia Williams (Democrat, District 9, Providence)
  • Representative Camille Vella-Wilkinson (Democrat, District 21, Warwick)
  • Representative Robert Phillips (Democrat, District 51, Woonsocket
  • Representative William O’Brien (Democrat, District 54, North Providence
  • Representative Robert Craven (Democrat, District 32, North Kingstown)
  • Representative Edward Cardillo (Democrat, District 42, Johnston)
  • Representative Bernard Hawkins (Democrat, District 53, Smithfield)
  • Representative Mary Messier (Democrat, District 62, Pawtucket)
  • Representative Samuel Azzinaro (Democrat, District 37, Westerly)
  • Representative Stephen Lima (Democrat, District 49, Woonsocket)
  • Representative Ramon Perez (Democrat, District 13, Providence, Johnston)
  • Representative James McLaughlin (Democrat, District 57, Central Falls)
  • Representative Nathan Biah (Democrat, District 3, Providence)
  • Representative Raymond Hull (Democrat, District 6, Providence)
  • Representative Blake Filippi (Republican, District 36, Charlestown, New Shoreham, South Kingstown, Westerly)
  • Representative Brian Newberry (Republican, District 48, North Smithfield)
  • Representative Michael Chippendale (Republican, District 40, Coventry, Foster Glocester)
  • Representative David Place (Republican, District 47, Burrillville, Glocester)
  • Representative Robert Quattrocchi (Republican, District 41, Scituate)
  • Representative Sherry Roberts (Republican, District 29, Coventry)
  • Representative George Nardone (Republican, District 28, Coventry)
  • Representative Patricia Morgan (Republican, District 26, West Warwick)
  • Representative Justin Price (Republican, District 39, Richmond, Exeter, Hopkinton)

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