By Staff

BOSTON (CBS) – A judge will not block the vaccine mandate for Massachusetts correction officers. Union lawyers argued officers should be able to get tested if they did not want a vaccine.

On Friday, a judge denied their motion, saying public health concerns were more important and the union had little chance of winning its suit.

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The deadline for the officers to be vaccinated is Sunday, October 17.

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Earlier this week, the I-Team reported approximately half of all correction officers or more than 1,500 have not provided proof of vaccine to the state.

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Governor Charlie Baker activated 250 National Guard troops to help staff potential shortages at state prisons. Staff