Most at Massport complied by vaccine mandate deadline

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FILE – In this April 24, 2020, file photo, a lone person walks on the platform at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Maverick Station in Boston. Public transit systems nationwide are grappling with plummeting ridership and revenue during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

BOSTON (SHNS) – About nine out of 10 employees at the Massachusetts Port Authority have submitted proof they are vaccinated against COVID-19 or requested a medical or religious exemption, Massport CEO Lisa Wieland said Thursday, but the agency still must address employees who did not meet the compliance deadline.

The compliance figure at Massport is lower than in state government’s executive branch, where administration officials say more than 95 percent of workers filed required paperwork by Oct. 17 to comply with Gov. Charlie Baker’s vaccine mandate. “We’re still in the middle of processing some of these things, but we have no concerns about any workforce issues going forward,” Wieland said during a Massport Board meeting on Thursday morning.

Data from the state comptroller’s office indicates Massport had 1,373 full-time employees in 2020 across Logan International Airport, Worcester Regional Airport, Hanscom Field, maritime port positions, and administrative roles. Wieland said she opted to require staff at the quasi-public agency to comply with Baker’s executive order, but even if she had not, she expects Massport “would have likely had to implement a similar policy” because of a vaccine mandate President Joe Biden placed on federal contractors.

Massport officials are reviewing guidance to determine if they need to take any additional action beyond Baker’s order to comply with federal contractor rules, Wieland said.

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