The deadline for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations in the states executive branch passed Sunday, and now managers must determine who remains unvaccinated in thousands of positions in public safety, transportation, or education and what penalties may be assessed for those who refuse to be vaccinate.
The Baker administration on Monday did not disclose the number of state workers who have refused to comply with the vaccine mandate, a position that may result in suspension or termination by the administration.
However, the State Police Association of Massachusetts, one of the public safety unions which has voted against the mandate, scheduled a press conference for 11:30 p.m. Monday, across the street from the State House, the organization will be able to provide its views on the impact on its members across a street.
SPAM filed a lawsuit against the requirement in state court and lost. The union also claimed last month that dozens of troopers had resigned, an assertion rejected by State Police commanders.
The Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union sued to halt the mandate, but a federal judge denied the unions request on Friday. 1,400 correction officers, or 40 percent of union members, were unvaccinated as of Wednesday, according to a court filing.
Last week, the administration said the vaccine mandate, announced by Governor Charlie Baker on Aug. 19, applies to 42,000 executive branch workers and 2,000 contracted state workers. Over 40,000 employees in the executive department have provided the necessary documentation or sought an exemption, according to the administration.
According to the administration, all workers are expected to work Monday, and managers are likely to demand documentation confirming vaccination or discover if employees intend to comply.
Peter MacKinnon, president of SEIU Local 509, which represents about 8,500 state workers and supports vaccine mandates, told the Globe on Friday that he expects a high compliance rate among his members, including social workers.
Bakers mandate was tougher than in many other states because it does not allow people to refuse the vaccine and get regular COVID-19 testing instead.
Noncompliance will result in progressive discipline," which includes unpaid suspensions and terminations, according to the state website. Workers and managers who do not comply with the Baker administration will be given a five-day suspension, according to the agency. Managers who are not vaccinated after that time will be terminated. Other workers would be subject to an additional 10-day unpaid suspension and would then be terminated if they aren't vaccinated or denied an exemption.
The site further stated that those workers who are separated from work for failing or refusing to comply with an employers requirement that they maintain COVID-19 vaccination will not be eligible to claim unemployment benefits.
Baker last week activated 250 National Guard members to work for the Department of Correction and 200 members for testing in public K-12 schools, warning of potential staff shortages.
The city of Boston is requiring its workers to be vaccinated or agree to undergo regular testing. 812 workers in public-facing agencies were placed on unpaid leave for failing to comply with the law last Wednesday, according to officials.
By the end of the day Wednesday, 175 of 812 had filed paperwork to comply, leaving 637 still on unpaid leave pending proof of their compliance. The mayors press office said on Thursday that the number had risen to 602 as of Thursday.
Staff or elected officials must be immunized, as have a number of state agencies and bodies, including the Massachusetts House and Senate, which required staff and members to prove their vaccination status by Friday.
A spokeswoman for Senate President Karen E. Spilkas office said on Friday that officials anticipated that a very high percentage of Senate employees would comply with the mandate and that they expected more detailed information this week.
Secretary of State William F. Galvin also ordered that workers in his office and the registries of deeds it oversees receive at least one dose of a vaccine by last week. 523 of the 530 current employees and contractors are fully vaccinated or have at least one shot, according to Debra OMalley, a Galvin spokeswoman.
Five of the seven others have sought a religious or medical exemption. If they do not provide Galvins office with information this week, the other two may be subject to disciplinary action. Galvin had already terminated one worker for not complying with the mandate, and another had resigned in anticipation of the order, OMalley said.
This is a reworking of formerly published material, which will be updated.
Material from previous Globe coverage was included in this report.
Martin Finucane, Matt Stout, and Emma Platoff of the Globe staff contributed to this report.
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