(WBUR News) – About 42,000 state employees will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have secured a medical or religious exemption by Oct. 17, or face the risk of consequences including losing their jobs, under an executive order Gov. Charlie Baker signed Thursday. Meanwhile, state lawmakers developing return-to-work plans for the House and Senate are also discussing vaccine mandates, with more specifics about those plans expected soon. The order, issued a day after Baker said he was “seriously considering” some sort of vaccine mandate for workers under his purview, says that the executive department is the state’s largest employer and “can […]

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