BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – The City of Boston has suspended hundreds of employees for not complying with its vaccine mandate.
It was last week when the city warned 1,400 employees that they needed to comply with the vaccine mandate for city workers.
Now, some 812 City of Boston employees are suspended without pay because they did not comply with the City's Covid-19 rules, which mandate either vaccination or weekly testing.
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“As the city’s largest employer, the City of Boston is leading by example with a phased-in vaccination or regular testing mandate,” a spokesperson said in statement.
As of Friday, 92% of Boston Public School employees followed the vaccine protocols. Now the city will implement contingency plans for bus transportation and other school operations that are impacted by employees who have been suspended.
“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,” the spokesperson continued.
Acting Mayor Kim Janey implemented the vaccine mandate back in August. The mandate requires city employees to provide proof of vaccination or submit to weekly Covid-19 testing.
Public-facing city workers, contractors and volunteers had to comply to the guidelines by October 4. The final deadline for all workers to comply is October 18.
WBZ’s Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) has the story: