Charlie Baker

Hundreds of Mass. State Workers Suspended Due to Vaccine Order

Nearly 94% of the executive branch workforce is considered in compliance, the Baker administration said

More than 500 state workers have been suspended or lost their jobs as a result of Massachusetts' COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Gov. Charlie Baker's office said Friday.

Some 360 employees are serving five- or 10-day suspensions for non-compliance and about 140 have left state government, The Boston Globe reported. Eleven of those who have left were fired.

The workers disciplined represent about 1% of the 42,000 workers subject to the mandate.

Baker announced in August that executive branch workers will have to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccinate or seek an exemption from the state, otherwise they'd risk being fired.

State workers who don't comply with Massachusetts' COVID-19 vaccine mandate could now face suspension or termination.

More than 2,100 other workers are considered "in progress" of complying with the vaccine order, though that number also includes those awaiting a decision on an exemption request.

Nearly 94% of the executive branch workforce is considered in compliance, The Globe reported, in figures confirmed by the administration to NBC10 Boston. The administration has so far declined to provide a breakdown by agency of the compliance stats or how many workers have sought or been denied an exemption..

"The Administration is making every effort possible to work with the small number of employees not yet in compliance and is reviewing outstanding exemption requests on a rolling basis," Terry MacCormack, a Baker spokesperson, told the newspaper.

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