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Nursing Home Workers Face Vaccine Mandate In Massachusetts

August 5, 2021

If you work in a nursing home in Massachusetts, you now have no choice but to get vaccinated against coronavirus if you want to keep your job.

The state’s governor, Charlie Baker, announced the vaccine mandate for such workers on Wednesday, August 4, according to The Hill. The workers at 378 nursing facilities and two soldiers’ homes in the state have until September 1 to get their first dose of the vaccine. The administration plans to start enforcing the mandate on October 10.

There will be an exemption for those with both medical restrictions and “sincerely held religious beliefs,” The Hill says.

“COVID-19 vaccination is the most effective method for preventing infection and serious illness from the virus, and staff at long-term care facilities and other health care providers serving vulnerable populations are critical in efforts to protect older residents,” the Baker administration reportedly said in a statement.

 

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