Firefighters in Massachusetts are sounding the alarm about delays in COVID-19 vaccinations for first responders.
On Tuesday, Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, the statewide union, posted on Twitter claiming the state has “no viable plan” to vaccinate local firefighters.
The union president says the union learned the state planned to place the responsibility for distributing vaccines to first responders on local city and town boards of health. “The local boards of health have been overworked, a lot of them are understaffed especially in smaller communities,” Rich Mackinnon, MFFA President, told WBZ.
Mackinnon said that more than 800 firefighters statewide currently have COVID-19, and another 650 are quarantined due to exposure.