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As vaccine mandate deadline approaches, Massport, MBTA mom on worker status

The MBTA and Massport are also taking over Governor Charlie Baker’s Oct. 17 vaccine mandate deadline, but contingency plans seem fluid.

“The MBTA is working hard to protect the health and safety of its riders and employees while providing the level of service needed to meet demand,” an MBTA spokesperson said in a statement about its employees’ ability. to meet vaccination deadlines.

The spokesperson would not disclose the progress the agency, which includes more than 6,000 bus and train drivers, Commuter Rail employees and other employees, is making toward the vaccination deadline, but said that “employees who have not been vaccinated or cleared for an exemption from October 17 will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.”

The spokesperson said he would share the number of employees who met the mandate after the deadline. In Baker’s policy, there is no regular testing option instead of getting the jab.

A spokesman for the MBTA union did not respond to a request for comment.

A Massport spokesperson would not say how many of the more than 1,400 Massport employees have been fully vaccinated, but will also share that data after the deadline has passed.

While the spokesperson acknowledged that Massport, which operates Logan Airport and the port, has a contingency plan in case there were a wave of layoffs after the deadline, “the agency does not expect “a significant staff shortage,” the spokesperson said.

The Massport spokesperson would not confirm whether contractors are included in the vaccine mandate.

Earlier this week, Baker announced that he was… national guard to assist with staff shortages caused by vaccine compliance compliance with the Department of Correction, and to assist with COVID-19 testing in schools.

The city of Boston has 637 employees not following the rules with the vaccine mandate, with the next steps in enforcement still vague.

As for the state police, a group of troopers and commanders has hired a Boston law firm as “hundreds” are fired from the agency for not taking the coronavirus vaccine, de Bode reported for the first time over the weekend.

A source told the Herald that more than 300 troopers, sergeants, lieutenants, detectives, captains and staff are in that group and some have already contracted COVID, which gave them the antibodies. But that won’t help them make it to October 17 when the vaccine mandate is on the books.