The Chelan County (WA) Sheriff's Officer has removed its school resources from the county's schools.

Sheriff Brian Burnett said he believes Gov. Jay Inslee's mandate requiring school employees and on-site contractors and volunteers to receive a COVID-19 vaccination infringes on his deputies' rights. The sheriff's action puts school resource officer programs on hold at the Cascade, Cashmere, Chelan and Manson school districts, the Wenatchee World reports.

"We have employee rights that I think are being invaded on and I don't believe the governor should be doing this vaccination mandate," Burnett said. "That's not to say myself or staff ... are what everybody refers to as 'anti-vaxxers.' I think the big piece of that is once we lose personal rights, they're gone."

Inslee issued the mandate on Aug. 18.

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