More Than 100 Mass. COs Suspended In Past Month For Refusing COVID Vaccine

BOSTON — At least 150 unvaccinated Massachusetts Department of Correction employees have been suspended since Oct. 17, when Gov. Charlie Baker’s strict mandate took effect requiring more than 40,000 workers and contractors to be fully inoculated against COVID-19.

Those prison officers, maintenance workers and recreation officers were suspended without pay after refusing to get the COVID shot, according to the latest data shared with MassLive on Friday. But some of those 150 employees, grappling with the loss of their livelihood and pension benefits, ultimately received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the first dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, MassLive has learned.

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