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OSHA extends comment period for vaccine mandate


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Wednesday issued a 45-day extension to the comment period for the COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard for employers with 100 or more employees.

OSHA says the deadline was pushed to Jan. 19, 2022, to allow stakeholders time to review the ETS and collect information and data necessary for comment.

The extension comes shortly after two court rulings issued this week granting a preliminary injunction on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service vaccine mandate for health care workers, effectively halting its implementation nationwide pending further orders.

On Tuesday, a federal judge in Alexandria, Louisiana, determined government defendants do not have the authority to implement the CMS vaccine mandate, granting the plaintiff states’ motion to block its implementation.

District Court Judge Terry A. Doughty expanded the scope of the injunction beyond the 14 states included in the lawsuit to all but 10 states already under a preliminary injunction order issued on Monday by the Eastern District Court of Missouri.





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