BOSTON (CBS) – If you want to work in Massachusetts, dozens of companies will ask for proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Thatâs according to the results of a new survey the greater Boston Chamber of Commerce recently did, asking 61 directors of the board about their plans.
âA year ago, it would have surprised the heck out of me,â said Sandy Lish, principal and cofounder of The Castle Group. âAs of today, our employees who want to come to the office must be vaccinated, and they must be masked if they are not vaccinated, and they must have a negative test,â she said. âBut thatâs today. As we know, things are changing all the time.âREAD MORE: Climate Protesters Arrested After Chaining Themselves To Boat Outside Gov. Charlie Baker's Swampscott Home
âWith the final approval of vaccines by the federal government, weâre seeing more companies that are requiring vaccines,â said President and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce James Rooney. âItâs up to 50% in our survey, and others are saying theyâre considering it.âREAD MORE: Severe Thunderstorms, Scattered Rain Showers Expected Through Tuesday Evening
PTC, a global software company with an office in Bostonâs Seaport District, just implemented a vaccine mandate. âWe have officially decided to require a vaccination for all of our employees and anyone else entering a PTC office in the U.S.â said spokesperson Greg Payne. âOur employees want to be back in the office.â
Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Michael Kennealy spoke about the importance of vaccinations at a virtual conference run by the Chamber Monday. âBecause that will be the ultimate game-changer here with the pandemic,â he said.MORE NEWS: DiGiorno Recall: Frozen Pizza Boxes May Be Mislabeled, Have Undeclared Allergens
Forcing COVID shots is something Lish says she never would have imagined when the pandemic first hit. âBut now, given where weâve been over the past year-and-a-half, itâs not surprising, because we need to get back to work,â she said. âPeople need to workâ.