The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration said on Saturday that it will not release citations related to its coronavirus vaccination mission before January 10 so that the company has time to adapt and implement these requirements.
The federal agency separately stated that it will not cite companies for its testing requirements before February 9.
The announcement was made after the Cincinnati Sixth District Court of Appeals decided on Friday that the authorization of large employers can continue. This is in contrast to the previous courts made by 27 Republican-led states, conservative groups, business associations, and some individual companies. Decided to be the opposite. Challenged authorization.
OSHA said in a statement that it will not release citations before the listed date, “as long as the employer takes reasonable and sincere efforts to comply with the standard.”
The authorization was originally scheduled to take effect on January 4.
The Biden administration’s vaccine requirements apply to companies with 100 or more employees and covering approximately 84 million American workers. Employees who are not fully vaccinated must wear masks and undergo weekly COVID-19 tests. There are exceptions, including those who work outdoors or only work from home.
Government officials estimate that this mission will save 6,500 lives and prevent 250,000 hospitalizations within six months.