“So far, dozens of troopers have already submitted their resignation paperwork, a few of whom plan to return to different departments providing cheap options similar to masks carrying and common testing,” Michael Cherven, president of the State Police Association of Massachusetts, mentioned in an announcement.
The announcement got here after a choose threw out a lawsuit filed by the union, which represents 1,800 officers, making an attempt to delay the mandate.
The mandate, signed into legislation in August by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker by way of executive order, requires workers to offer proof of COVID-19 vaccination on or earlier than Oct. 17.
“All through COVID, we’ve been on the entrance strains defending the residents of Massachusetts and past. Merely put, all we’re asking for are the identical primary lodging that numerous different departments have offered to their first responders, and to deal with a COVID associated sickness as a line of obligation harm,” Cherven went on.
The union didn’t reply to Fox Information’ request for additional remark.
Fox Information additionally reached out to Massachusetts State Police for response to the assertion, however didn’t hear again.
On-line information reveals the state of Massachusetts has a full vaccination charge of 67.7%, and 77.2% have obtained not less than one dose.