OSHA vaccine imposes penalties starting January 10

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration said on Saturday it would not issue citations related to its coronavirus vaccination mandate until January 10, so companies have time to adapt and implement the requirements.

The federal agency has said separately that there will be no citation from companies regarding its testing requirements until February 9.

The announcement came after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District of Cincinnati ruled on Friday that the tenure of large employers could go ahead, overturning a previous court ruling after 27 states led by Republicans, conservative groups, professional associations and some individual businesses. disputed the mandate.

OSHA said in a statement that it would not issue citations by the dates stated “as long as an employer makes reasonable and good faith efforts to comply with the standard.”

The mandate was previously scheduled to take effect on January 4.

The Biden administration’s vaccine requirement applies to companies with 100 or more employees and covers approximately 84 million American workers. Employees who are not fully vaccinated should wear face masks and undergo weekly COVID-19 tests. There are exceptions, including those who work outside or only at home.

Administration officials estimate that the mandate will save 6,500 lives and prevent 250,000 hospitalizations in six months.

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