Gov. Baker today declared that all employees of "executive" state departments have to prove they've been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or they could get fired.
The order does allow exemptions for people who can show they have medical reasons not to get shots or hold a "sincerely held religious belief" against vaccination. The order also calls for termination for people who say they're vaccinated but aren't.
Baker's order does not apply to state workers not directly under the supervision of Baker and his Cabinet secretaries - which includes employees at state colleges and universities, the judiciary, authorities such as Massport and the MBTA and members of the legislature, but it urges them to follow suit.
In his order, Baker said vaccines have proven to be both safe and our most effective tool for combating the potentially fatal virus and its time for the state - the largest single employer in Massachusetts - to show leadership and boost our already high vaccination rates.
Baker's complete vaccination order (1.4M PDF).