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Evers’ Catch-22 COVID testing mandate

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — As the start of Gov. Tony Evers’ mandated rapid COVID-19 testing draws near, some state employees are worried they could be caught in a bureaucratic Catch-22 meant to force them into getting a COVID vaccine they do not want.

The administration last month announced all unvaccinated executive branch employees, interns, volunteers and contract staff would be required to get weekly testing beginning Oct. 18. They have been forced to routinely provide their COVID vaccination status through a state employee portal.

Some state employees have had a difficult time finding a provider of rapid testing in their health care networks.

“We called our clinic this morning and were told they didn’t offer rapid testing and didn’t know who did,” one Madison-area state employee told Empower Wisconsin. “I went through the Walgreens process. After giving personal and health information on my minor son for 10 minutes, I was sent to the page with all their pharmacies that offer the rapid test and was denied an appointment from the Madison location.”

Evers has not gone full-on Biden — yet. He’s not mandating executive branch employees get the shot or lose their jobs — yet. But if unvaccinated employees are squeezed on the requisite testing, that could put them in a difficult position.

“If you can’t get the test, the choice is vax, quit or be fired,” one state worker said.

Then there are the problems with the limited accuracy of rapid COVID tests, particularly among people not displaying symptoms. The longer-run tests may be more accurate, but you have to wait days for the result.

Tatyana Warrick, communications director for the state Department of Administration, says testing guidelines have not yet gone into effect —  a week-and-a-half before the imposed testing mandate begins.

“As with every previous pandemic-related workforce guidance, we have taken staff concerns into consideration and moved cautiously to provide ample time for employees to take necessary steps to protect themselves, their colleagues and members of the public,” the spokeswoman said.

DOA will be providing additional information to state employees regarding how and where they can get tested free of charge, Warwick said.

“Employees will only be liable for testing costs if they opt to go with a non-state-provided testing provider,” she added. Just who’s in that network is not clear.

“We appreciate state employees being proactive about following the latest workforce guidance and look forward to providing additional information as we get closer to implementation on October 18,” Warrick said.

She did not say whether employees who encounter difficulties getting tested in the weekly window will be disciplined, including losing their jobs.

As of the announced mandate on Sept. 14, nearly 70 percent of the state’s 30,000-plus executive branch employees had self-reported receiving at least one dose of vaccine.

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4 thoughts on “Evers’ Catch-22 COVID testing mandate

  • So-called Covid vaccines are palliative rather than curative. 57% 0f Wisconsin is fully “vaccinated” and yet there’s a “surge? Do we trust any “statistics” from CDC or Madison anymore? Only 2/10 0f 1% of the population die, supposedly from Covid, roughly the same number predicted to die normally. The U.S. crude death rate is 8.3 per 1,000 in a normal year or less than 1%. Artificial, political panic…

  • You are “spot on” for asking a very logical and scientifically accurate questions. IF the “shot” is only slightly effective, which I doubt, the unvaccinated pose no risk to the vaccinated whatsoever. This is absolute scientific proof that the Covid-19 shot is not about medicine it is about pseudo-authoritarian control of the masses. This global mass vaccination conspiracy program has been in the planning stage going all the way back to the early 1970’s. Dr, David E.Martin has researched this by looking at the U.S.Patent Office patent application records for all of the Big Pharma companies as well as Tony Fauci himself. The manipulation and transfer of patents & applications show this criminal conspiracy in “black & white” government documents in a place nobody else thought of looking. Diabolical ? More like a war against man kind.

  • If the vaccinated are protected from Covid, what is there to fear from unvaccinated people?
    If a person is vaccinated AND wears a mask, what is there to fear from unvaccinated people?
    How does a health “emergency” last almost two years? Is it still (or has it ever been) an emergency?

    My take: Evers and Sleepy Joe are cheap, third world style dictators who get off on the power and refuse to give it up. They know they need the people controlled, especially with another election cycle starting up and their “career dissipation lights” flashing in overdrive. This is all political theatrics now, with the Oscar being another term in office.

    Anyone think the Dems would be going along with any of this garbage if it was mandated by a Republican administration?

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