Massachusetts Teachers Association supports mandating COVID-19 vaccine for students and staff
The largest teachers union in Massachusetts endorsed mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees and eligible students in public schools and colleges on Tuesday while urging Gov. Charlie Baker to work more closely with schools ahead of the new school year.
The Massachusetts Teachers Association board voted in favor of requiring vaccinations to return to school this fall, citing the rise and spread of the delta variant. They also called for building improvements in schools with poor ventilation systems.
The union has previously called for universal masking in indoor public education settings.
The union also said it supported regular COVID-19 testing for those not yet eligible for the vaccine.
The MTA had strong words for Gov. Baker saying he and his team have learned nothing over the past year,
Gov. Baker has refused to implement mask mandates, leaving those decisions to local school board causing a patchwork of different policies around the state.
The governor has also rejected the idea of vaccine mandates for students and school staff.