Union: ‘Dozens’ of Massachusetts troopers have resigned as a result of the state’s vaccine mandate.
Since the state announced a COVID-19 vaccine obligation, hundreds of state troopers have resigned, according to a police union in Massachusetts.
The announcement comes more than a month after Gov. Charlie Baker signed an executive order on Aug. 19 mandating that all executive agency employees provide proof of vaccination by Oct. 17.
The injunction was contested by the police union, which represents 1,800 officers, but was overturned by a judge last week.
The police union expressed its disappointment with the decision, but stated that it will follow it.
In a statement, the union’s president, Michael Cherven, said, “It is unfortunate that the governor and his team have chosen to mandate one of the most stringent vaccine requirements in the country with no viable alternatives.”
He said the directive has forced “dozens of troopers” to retire, with many of them planning to apply to other agencies that offer vaccine alternatives such as mask wearing and regular testing.
“All we seek is for the same basic accommodations that countless other departments have granted to their first responders, and for a COVID-related illness to be treated as a line of duty injury,” he stated.
Baker told reporters at a news conference on Monday that he is sticking to his vaccine mandate stance, saying it is “critically vital” for public employees who interface with the public to be immunized against the virus.
“Those who deal with them should trust that they’ve been vaccinated,” he said.
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