Massachusetts State Police Troopers Resign Over A COVID Vaccine Mandate : Coronavirus Updates : NPR
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Dozens of Massachusetts State Police troopers have put of their resignation papers following the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, the State Police Affiliation of Massachusetts stated.
Underneath Gov. Charlie Baker’s govt order issued final month, all govt division staff are required to point out proof of vaccination on or earlier than Oct. 17, or they are going to be fired.
“It’s unlucky that the Governor and his staff have chosen to mandate one of the crucial stringent vaccine mandates within the nation with no cheap alternate options,” State Police Affiliation president Michael Cherven stated in a press release.
Chervin stated the troopers ought to have “cheap alternate options” to being required to get vaccinated, similar to carrying masks and being examined commonly.
Final week, a state decide denied a request from the state’s police union to dam the governor’s vaccine mandate for troopers, based on WBZ-TV. The police union’s attorneys instructed the native broadcaster that as much as 20% of state police staff stay unvaccinated.
With the decide’s ruling, unvaccinated troopers have been solely given just some days to get their first vaccine dose or they might face disciplinary motion, WBZ studies.