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Boston revises number of unvaccinated employees put on leave

A pharmacist administers a third dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. (Emily Elconin/Getty Images)
A pharmacist administers a third dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. (Emily Elconin/Getty Images)

Boston officials have revised the number of unvaccinated employees that were placed on unpaid leave.

City officials say that 23 city employees were placed on unpaid leave for missing a deadline to get vaccinated for COVID-19 or agree to undergo regular testing, not the hundreds that they first reported, The Boston Globe reports.

When city officials reported the number after the October deadline passed, it counted more than 800 employees who didn't comply with the requirement. But most were not placed on leave.

Not all departments had to meet the October deadline. About 325 employees whose primary language is not English were then given until November to comply.

Many employees then uploaded vaccination cards or test results that satisfied the mandate.

Hearings were held for nearly 50 employees and most met the requirements before their hearing date, the city said. Some had been placed on leave prior to their hearings, bringing the total to 23 for the number of city employees who had take unpaid leave due to the requirement, officials said.

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