Boston Herald: Essential workers feel ‘left behind’ in Massachusetts coronavirus vaccine rollout

Below is an excerpt from a story (“Essential workers feel ‘left behind’ in MA COVID-19 vaccine rollout“) in yesterday’s Boston Herald. Click here to read the entire article.


Transportation workers can get vaccines in New York. But Jim Evers, president of the Boston Carmen’s Union 589 of MBTA workers, continues to be frustrated that the administration has further delayed plans for a T-focused vaccine site in Quincy that would have flexible hours needed to take care of the transit workers.

“It’s discouraging,” Evers said. “We were promised it. It’s a broken promise.”

With the “nightmare” of more crowding looming from the further service cuts announced last week, Evers said the drivers union is thinking about stepping on the gas. He said he’s been talking with lawyers, federal officials and state lawmakers about how to force the administration into moving them up and better enforcing safety precautions.

“I don’t want to go that route, but if my members are going to be pushed back, I might have to push back,” Evers said.

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    • Karen Knazze on March 8, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    I’m a member of amalgamated 241 union out of Chicago. Bus operator for Chicago transit authority. I think it is ashamed that your bus operator can’t get vaccinated. We have been getting vaccinated at several bus and rail locations for the last two weeks. If we can do it so can MTA.

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