They may be running against each other for mayor, but at-large councilors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi-George said today they are seeking a measure that would give city workers up to three days of paid leave should they feel ill after getting a Covid-19 shot. Feeling like you're coming down with the flu is common after the second shot in particular; health experts say that shows the shot is working to stimulate the immune system.
The councilors said that by granting such leave, they hope to convince other employers in the city to follow suit.
The two also teamed up on a resolution asking Gov. Baker to get teachers and other school workers moved up higher on the state's vaccine priority list. Essaibi-George, herself a former teacher, said ensuring school workers are safe should be critical to the governor's goal of re-opening schools. The third councilor running for mayor, Andrea Campbell (Dorchester, Mattapan, Roslindale) agreed and said early-education providers should be included.
Speaking of at-large councilors, the Dorchester Reporter reports that, yes, Althea Campbell is running for one of the four at-large council seats. After decades of annual running, she finally made it to the council for 2019 after at-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley was elected to Congress - which meant that Garrison, the fifth runner-up for an at-large seat in 2017, got onto the council.
WBZ interviews Alex Gray of Jamaica Plain, who has worked for Deval Patrick and Marty Walsh, hopes to become the city's first blind councilor, with a bid for one of those four at-large seats.
Campbell and at-large Councilor Julia Mejjia, want the council to formally request information from BPD on the state of its investigation into whether a BPD officer went down to Washington for the failed Jan. 6 Capitol coup.