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Boston suspends 812 workers because of COVID-19 mandate

Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey announced that Boston has suspended more than 800 employees for not complying with a coronavirus vaccine mandate. Photo courtesy of City of Boston
Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey announced that Boston has suspended more than 800 employees for not complying with a coronavirus vaccine mandate. Photo courtesy of City of Boston

Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The city of Boston implemented contingency plans Wednesday after it suspended 812 employees without pay for not complying with its coronavirus vaccine mandate.

The suspension left the city without more than 4% of its workforce Wednesday. City officials sent out more than 1,400 letters to workers informing them they were not in compliance with the mandate last week.

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Some 600 came in compliance over the past week.

"We are now implementing contingency plans for bus transportation and other school operations impacted by employee leaves of absence, due to unverified vaccination or testing," Acting Mayor Kim Janey said, according to the Boston Herald.

"We continue to work closely with our diverse workforce, and our union partners, to ensure employees have access to vaccination, testing and verification systems to comply with the mandate."

The city's plan gives employees a choice to get a coronavirus vaccine or opt for weekly COVID-19 testing. Medical and religious exemptions were also considered.

The plan was coordinated with Boston Public Schools, the Boston Centers for Youth & Families and Boston Public Libraries. As of Friday, Boston Public Schools said 92% of its employees were in compliance.

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