27 September (WNN) — A union of Massachusetts police said on Monday that dozens of state servicemen have left their jobs since the state announced a COVID-19 vaccination mandate.
The announcement comes more than a month after the government’s Charlie Baker issued an executive order on August 19 requiring all executive department employees to show proof of complete vaccination by October 17.
The order was later challenged by the police union, which represents about 1,800 members, but was denied by a judge last week.
The police union said it was “disappointed” with the decision, but would respect it.
“It is unfortunate that the governor and his team have chosen one of the most stringent vaccine mandates in the country without a reasonable choice,” union president Michael Cherven said in a statement.
He said the order has prompted “dozens of soldiers” to submit their resignations, many of whom plan to apply to other departments that offer alternatives to vaccine mandates, such as mask-wearing and routine testing. .
“We are seeking only the basic accommodation that countless other departments have provided to their first responders, and to treat a COVID-related illness as an injury of duty,” he said. .
During a press conference on Monday, Baker told reporters he remained firm on the status of his vaccine mandate, stating that it is “gravely important” for public officials to take measures to deal with the public against the virus. We do.
“People who are working with him must believe he has been vaccinated,” he said.