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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.

Ed Ronco came to KNKX in October 2013 as producer and reporter for KNKX’s Morning Edition. Ed started in public radio in 2009 at KCAW in Sitka, Alaska, where he covered everything from city government, to education, crime, science, the arts and more. Prior to public radio, Ed worked in newspapers, including four years at the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, where he covered business, then politics and government.
Posey produces, reports, and edits stories for Sound Effect. Before joining the Sound Effect team, Posey worked as a producer at KUOW and WNYC. She has also worked for The Moth and StoryCorps. She holds a certificate in documentary audio production from Duke's Center for Documentary Studies and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She lives in Seattle with her wife, her daughter, and a fluffy dog.