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Navy's crucial Bremerton shipyard squeezed as vaccine deadline looms

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson moves out of dry dock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, in April 2020.
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ethan J. Soto
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U.S. Navy
The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson moves out of dry dock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, in April 2020.

At last check, 58 percent of workers at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard had been vaccinated.

The vice admiral in charge of the Navy's shipyards was pretty clear: Vaccination will be a condition of employment. And a federal deadline to be inoculated against COVID-19 looms later this month.

But just 58 percent of the largely civilian workforce at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard have received the shot so far.

The Kitsap Sun's Josh Farley tells KNKX All Things Considered host Ed Ronco that this comes as the shipyard is falling behind on its work and facing two unexpected projects — repairing the damaged nuclear submarine USS Connecticut, and dealing with the USS Nimitz, which returned to Bremerton sooner than expected, after experiencing propulsion issues.

Listen to their conversation above.