Boston to lift COVID vaccine mandate for city workers next week

BOSTON — The City of Boston is set to lift the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all city workers next week.

According to Chief People Officer, Alex Lawrence, the City is lifting all policies requiring vaccination and/or regular testing on May 11, 2023.

The Vaccine Verification Policy was implemented on December 20, 2021, by Mayor Michelle Wu. The policy helped minimize exposure to and transmission of the COVID-19 virus in City workplaces and in the communities that were experiencing the highest number of reported cases in Boston.

The Mayor’s Office states more than 95% of employees submitted proof of COVID-19 vaccination by late January 2022. The City says no employees were fired because of non-compliance.

This is the same day the COVID-19 public health emergency will be lifted in the state and federal government.

The Mayor’s office says that “if and when it becomes necessary to implement additional policies to protect our workforce, we are ready to act accordingly.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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