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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has changed course again and will no longer enforce employers with mandatory vaccine programs to record vaccine reactions.
The agency quietly updated the question-and-answer section of its website over the weekend, removing prior language added in late April that directed employers who required workers to be vaccinated as a condition of their employment to record serious reactions on their OSHA recordkeeping logs.
Now the agency has declared that it “does not wish to disincentivize employers’ vaccination efforts” and would not enforce recording requirements related to worker side effects from COVID-19 vaccinations through May 2022.
OSHA said it will “reevaluate” its position on vaccine reaction recordables next spring to “determine the best course of action moving forward.”
More insurance and workers compensation news on the coronavirus crisis here.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration released on Monday guidance to help employers prepare their workplaces for an outbreak of COVID-19 — along with a reminder that any incidents of employees contracting the novel coronavirus at work are recordable illnesses, subject to the same rules and failure-to-record fines as other workplace injuries and illnesses.