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OSHA vaccine mandate penalties to start Feb. 9

December 24, 2021
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration said Dec. 18 that it would not issue citations tied to its coronavirus vaccination mandate before Jan. 10, giving companies time to adjust to and implement the requirements.
The federal agency separately said there would be no citations of companies regarding its testing requirements before Feb. 9.
The announcement came after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District in Cincinnati decided Dec. 17 that the mandate for large employers could go forward, reversing a previous court decision made after 27 Republican-led states, conservative groups, business associations and some individual companies challenged the mandate.
OSHA said in a statement that it would not issue citations before the listed dates "so long as an employer is exercising reasonable, good faith efforts to come into compliance with the standard."
The mandate originally was slated to take effect Jan. 4.
The Biden administration’s vaccine requirement applies to companies with 100 or more employees and covers about 84 million U.S. workers. Employees who are not fully vaccinated have to wear face masks and be subject to weekly COVID-19 tests. There are exceptions, including for those who work outdoors or only at home.
Companies are springing up to help employers meet the mandate. One used by the CATA and a northwest suburban dealer is Centers for Disease Testing, which can visit a business twice weekly to provide Covid testing at no cost to the business.
The Centers for Disease Testing sets up testing booths, gets tests to labs, and returns results in a confidential format. They can test employees and their families. Reach the company's Tony Maxie at (847) 204-2471.
Biden administration officials estimate that the mandate will save 6,500 lives and prevent 250,000 hospitalizations over six months.


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