Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has yet to be confirmed as President Joe Biden’s labor secretary; in fact, officials still have to announce a date for his confirmation hearing.
However, there’s apparently one big benefit of simply being nominated: vaccination against COVID-19.
As CommonWealth Magazine first reported Thursday evening, Walsh received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine this week, though his office did not provide any further details.
The news comes after Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, who Biden nominated to be commerce secretary, received her first dose Tuesday, despite previously saying she would wait until eligible as an individual under the state’s rollout. According to Raimondo’s office, the 49-year-old governor received the vaccine “as part of a federal effort to vaccinate Cabinet nominees and those in the presidential line of succession.”
As commerce secretary, Raimondo would be 10th in the presidential line of succession; Walsh would be 11th.
Walsh’s office confirmed Friday morning to Boston.com that the mayor got the vaccine this week, but declined to say whether it was part of the same federal effort mentioned by Raimondo’s office.
Under the Massachusetts vaccine rollout plan, the 53-year-old Boston mayor otherwise wouldn’t likely get the vaccine until later this spring. The current phase prioritizes health care workers, long-term care facilities, first responders, and congregate care settings.
Last month, top White House officials, along with members of Congress, had initially been given early access to the vaccine “pursuant to continuity of government protocols.” However, former President Donald Trump subsequently delayed the plan, “unless specifically necessary.”
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