More than 1,000 city workers could be suspended without pay Tuesday if they refuse to follow Boston’s vaccination mandate. In this context, some classrooms could be affected.
Mayor Kim Janey in August announced a COVID vaccination policy for the city’s 18,000 workers, requiring them to check their vaccination status or get tested weekly. The plan has been phased in since September.
Those who have not verified that they have been vaccinated through a digital portal will need to get tested regularly throughout the city, including at city hall.
Boston Mayor Kim Janey has announced that all city employees will need to be vaccinated for COVID or be tested weekly for the virus.
As of Wednesday, 1,400 city workers were not in compliance, city officials said. Boston public schools are among the departments at risk of losing people. However, if unvaccinated public school workers go to work on Tuesday and test negative for COVID-19, they will be able to work and will be paid for the day.
A spokesperson for Janey said the city has made contingency plans for absent employees, including bus transportation and other school operations, to ensure the school day runs smoothly.
92% of Boston Public School employees were in compliance with vaccination protocols as of Friday, according to the city, and officials have taken steps to ensure everyone is aware of those requirements.
Education efforts include email, SMS and phone reminders to all staff, the implementation of testing at bus stations, schools, and the provision of information on free testing sites and
back-to-school vaccination clinics.
Employees who work directly with priority Boston residents, such as at public schools, libraries, Boston Centers for Youth & Families and more, were required to comply with the policy by Monday, September 20.
Other municipal workers, contractors and volunteers who come into contact with the public, such as those working in public safety and in parks, had to check their immunization status or get tested before October 4. Other employees and contractors have until October 18 to comply.
Employees who work directly with priority Boston residents, such as at public schools, libraries, Boston Centers for Youth & Families, and more, will need to comply with the policy by September 20.