12 State Police members fired for not receiving COVID vaccine | Health

BOSTON (AP) — Eleven Massachusetts State Police Troopers and a sergeant have been fired for not being vaccinated against COVID-19, as required by an executive order issued last year, the police said. state police.

State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said in an email Sunday that the 12 were terminated on Friday following an internal hearing process.

In a social media post, Patrick McNamara, president of the State Police Association of Massachusetts, called the firings “shameful.”

Procopio says none of the 12 soldiers who were fired were among the seven soldiers who were party to a lawsuit over the vaccination requirements. The lawsuit brought by these soldiers, who had requested a religious exemption from the vaccination mandate, remains pending.

Last summer, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker ordered 44,000 executive branch employees and contractors to get a COVID-19 shot or face suspension and ultimately job loss. .

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