The City of Bethel, home to 6,200 residents in rural Alaska, is demanding that all city employees, volunteers and contractors get COVID shots in order to keep their jobs.

According to the new policy, which was announced by City Manager Peter Williams on Sept. 13, all employees must receive the first dose of a COVID shot by Sept. 27 unless they are granted a religious or medical exemption. Each exemption application, however, will be reviewed by the city’s Human Resources department to determine whether the person qualifies. According to the new policy, HR will “consider whether the employee’s unvaccinated status creates an undue hardship to the City or poses a direct threat to the individual, other employees or the community.”

Additionally, new hires, consultants, contractors and all volunteers will be required to present proof of vaccination. Those who fail to comply will be subject to “discipline up to and including termination.”

The new policy represents a tightening of COVID mandates in Bethel. Last month, the city banned hiring any new employees who have declined to take the COVID shots. It also required any unvaccinated employees to submit to weekly COVID tests, and every employee (regardless of vaccination status) must wear a mask indoors when within six feet of any other person.

The city employs about 105 full-time employees.


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Bethel threatens to terminate city workers who aren’t vaxed by Sept. 27

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Neil A DeWitt says:

    This is so wrong. You can’t force people to be government ginny pigs just because you believe it’s for their own good. It’s the vaccinated that are dieing now. Look at the cause ships up here and the people of Rhode Island. How many are dead now? What about the 250,000 that died taking the vaccine? It’s just wrong. It’s a personal choice between you and GOD!

    • NorthernMegaWood says:

      I agree, We live in a Free Will Universe.
      AMEN… DO NOT COMPLY, People!

    • Fred Lee says:

      I’m curious: where do you get your information about people dieing from taking the vaccine?

      Also, what is a ginny pig?

      Do you have a newsletter or pamphlet to which one can subscribe?

      • Evan S Singh says:

        I’d like to see the evidence that supports the claims of people dying from the vaccine. Anybody willing to offer a link?

      • gym says:

        Hi Fred, check out also go to the vaers(vaccine adverse advents reporting system)

      • Michael says:

        Go to any site other than CNN and it’s affiliates and you will see the research that has been proving that the VAXXED are carrying a viral load 1000 times greater than the unvaxxed. It’s out there you just have to go look.

  • Andy says:

    Bethel workers, if you aren’t taking the vac here’s some advice, don’t quit, wait to get terminated and seek legal. No job is worth the vac, it’s better to be terminated then be handed a short life span.

    • Elizabeth Henry says:

      Agree. And it really is more than just the vaccine – it is a matter of principal. This is shoving us down a road that no one, even myriads of confused deceived leftists, will want to be on in the near future. We need to be brave and stand up to this tyranny as best we can.

    • Tamara D Schmidt says:

      Amen… I agree. Do NOT quit. Force them to terminate you. And document all your communication with them. There will undoubtedly be class action lawsuits over this.

  • Jmk says:

    This is just so wrong, the City Manager is not the person’s doctor or pastor. Do not quit, people or you won’t have legal recourse later this will play out in the courts. People need to be strong and stand up. There are so many job openings everywhere, prayers for the just right job where freedom is respected for all.

  • Joyce says:

    I agree to all the above. Do not quit, make them terminate you. Then you have legal recourse; but at least will be eligible for unemployment (if your employer is honest with the unemployment office!). These dictators must be making a ton of money off the government to implement this. Praying for all of you!

  • Vonda Sanders says:

    I agree with these comments! Dont comply and let them fire you!!!

  • G Aleution says:

    Bethel equals low iq.

  • Herman Nelson says:

    Call Peter Williams up and start asking him about your personal medical issues. When he gets angry and tells you to call a doctor, snap back with why are you making medical decisions if you are not a doctor..? (BAM)

  • Robert T Hubble says:

    There is help for the tyranny.

  • Burt says:

    Let’s just cut off Bethel all together and isolate it from the outside world and leave it as a experiment in what happens to an isolated group of “Vaccinated”. My bet is that it won’t end well.

  • G Aleution says:

    I wonder if…they are…indoctrinated? ‍♂️‍♀️⛷⛷‍♂️‍♀️‍♀️‍♀️‍♂️‍♀️‍⚕️‍⚕️

  • Perplexed Alaskan says:

    Is Libby Bakala still working as the Bethel City Attorney?

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    I agree with the comments above recommending employees that do decide to continue to forego the vaccine, to not quite but force hand of employer to have to fire them. This is good council and does give some legal recourse. This is pure tyranny and marxism and is forcing us down a road even most liberals will soon regret.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    HR will “consider whether the employee’s unvaccinated status creates an undue hardship to the City or poses a direct threat to the individual, other employees or the community.”

    What the blank, poses a direct threat to myself. I’m in charge not some HR department.
    Bethel is the arm pit of Alaska.

    • Dee Cee says:

      I don’t know that the Civil Rights act “undue hardship” clause was intended to be applied to corporations and municipal governments. Wasn’t that supposed to protect human beings?

  • Jen says:

    Southwest Alaska residents probably need the pressure to wake them up how governnent dependency robs them their personal freedoms and liberties. The pressure can make the families they want their sovereignty where they don’t need someone paying for their health care, food, housing and power costs.

    • Jen says:

      If they were more Independent, they will had not elected one another whom has a governnent bureaucratic mind-set. They’d have more small town leaders like Kenai’s mayor Charlie Pierce.

  • Michael says:

    Suddenly in this last 2 years,, the show “THE WALKING DEAD” is making perfect sense. These pro vaxxers are flesh eating zombies. Or they eventually will be