BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Now that teachers have been prioritized in the latest step of the state's COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan, grocery store workers are pushing for the same treatment.
35 state lawmakers sent a letter to Governor Charlie Baker to urge him to move up grocery store workers in the process.
The state lawmakers were led by Rep. Carmine Gentile, who said Massachusetts needed to catch up with a dozen states that were already vaccinating grocery store workers.
Gabe Camacho, Political and Organizing Director for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445, said the state needs to back up its praise of essential workers.
"That's fine to say that these workers are heroes, but we need action behind that." Camacho thinks grocery workers should be able to get vaccinations right away.
"This is a matter of public health, this is a matter of keeping the economy running, and this is a matter of respect for the workers of the Commonwealth," he said.
The lawmakers have yet to hear back from the Governor's office.
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