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A dozen Massachusetts State Troopers were fired on April 8 for refusing to comply with the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, despite cases and hospitalizations drastically dropping across the state in recent months.
A spokesperson for the Massachusetts State Police told local media that 11 troopers and one sergeant were fired for not complying with Gov. Charlie Baker’s mandate. They were let go after an internal hearing process, State Police spokesman David Procopio said.
Baker signed an executive order in August 2021 mandating that all executive branch employees, which includes the State Police, provide proof of vaccination by Oct. 17, 2021. The order allowed only “limited exemptions from the vaccination requirement where a reasonable accommodation can be reached” for a worker on medical or religious grounds.
All of the troopers had applied for exemptions to the mandate, State Police Association of Massachusetts spokesman Chris Keohan told the Boston Herald. The State Police Association of Massachusetts, or SPAM, is the union representing the troopers.
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