Boston suspends 812 workers over COVID-19 vaccine mandate
Boston suspended 812 city employees without pay on Tuesday for failing to comply with a vaccine mandate.
The move leaves the city short of about 4% of its workforce of 18,000 employees, that is, until every one submits a negative COVID-19 test result. City spokesperson NBC10 said Boston that the city leads by example as Boston’s largest employer.
Acting Mayor Kim Ganei’s office sent notices last week to about 1,400 employees who did not comply, The Boston Herald mentionedBut about 600 of them had complied by Tuesday. The city estimated that schools were likely to feel the suspension.
“We are now implementing contingency plans for bus transportation and other school operations that have been impacted by staff leave due to vaccinations or unverified checks,” Jani’s office said in a statement on Tuesday. “We continue to work closely with our diverse workforce, and our union partners, to ensure employees have access to vaccination, testing and verification systems to comply with the mandate.”
Janey’s office announced the vaccine mandate in August, but it’s not all or nothing: People who don’t want the vaccine can opt for weekly COVID testing, and medical or religious exemptions have been considered. It has also been implemented in phases, with Boston Public Schools, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, Boston Public Libraries, and some other high-risk employees required to comply by September 20, and police, firefighters, and others by October 4. The rest by October 18.
A spokesperson told NBC10 that the city has put in place plans for non-attendant employees to ensure the school day runs smoothly. As of Friday, 92% of school staff complied, and the city said it had taken measures to make sure everyone was aware of the requirements.
Education efforts include emails, texts and phone calls to staff, testing at bus yards and schools, and providing information at testing sites.
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