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Vaccination policy at chemical weapons disposal factory reviewed

Stu Johnson

Medical professionals continue to stress the effectiveness of vaccination in combatting coronavirus. It remains a debated item on how far employers can go in requiring vaccination. The matter came up last week at the quarterly meeting of community advisory panels reviewing chemical weapons disposal at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Citizens Advisory Commission Member Harry Moberly would like to see workers at the plant required to get the shot. “That’s what I think they ought to do and until they feel that they can get that accomplished and they don’t have a testing program, I think all unvaccinated people should be tested,” said Moberly.

Moberly, a former longtime state representative, said the government should set the standard on vaccination. Project Manager for the contractor at the chemical weapons disposal plant Ron Hink said about 140 workers out of 1445 in all are not vaccinated. The unvaccinated employees are requesting an accommodation from vaccination for medical or religious reasons. Hink says the vaccination rate has risen. “The official guidance is a little thin. There’s not a lot coming out. But, what we do know is if we get in around 90 which we are creeping up on, we would probably be deemed pretty successful in the effort,” said Hink.

Workers at the Madison County plant are in the process of destroying tons of chemical munitions. Work on mustard agent and nerve projectiles has been completed. The effort now is on nerve agent rockets.

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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