BOSTON (SHNS) – The City of Boston will require vaccine verification of its 18,000 workers, with employees who can’t verify having received the vaccine needing to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing, Mayor Kim Janey announced Thursday.
The “vaccination verification or required testing mandate” policy will be phased in over two months. “The goal of the requirement is to protect the health, safety and economic recovery of our staff and residents served. Through this policy, the City seeks to minimize exposure to and transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace,” the mayor’s office said.
The policy applies to all City of Boston employees, onsite contractors, and volunteers who provide services onsite at city worksites, including all full-time, part-time, seasonal, emergency, and probationary workers.
“On behalf of the educators of the Boston Teachers Union, we support these steps to protect our students and communities. We look forward to working with the district and city on the particulars of implementation in regards to accommodations and exemptions for those who need them,” said Jessica Tang, president of the Boston Teachers Union.