Aug 19, 2021 - Politics & Policy

GOP Gov. Baker orders vaccine mandate for Massachusetts executive department workers

Mass. Gov Charlie Baker

Gov. Charlie Baker. Photo: Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker issued an executive order Thursday that requires executive department employees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination on or by Oct. 17.

Why it matters: Baker's order comes as other Republican governors push back on vaccine and mask mandates.

The big picture: Massachusetts officials will roll out more information about the verification process in the coming weeks, Baker's office said in a press release.

  • The policy applies to both on-site and remote employees, and failure to comply will be "subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination."
  • Exemptions will be granted for medical or sincere religious reasons.
  • The executive order applies to those employed in a "Commonwealth executive department agency, bureau department, office, or division of the Commonwealth."

Of note: Once the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention establishes guidelines for booster shots, employees will be required to receive those as well, the press release notes.

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