Federal government OSHA sentences begin January 10, 2022

The labor protection agency said Saturday that it will not be issuing any quotes related to its coronavirus vaccination mandate before January 10, so that companies have time to adapt and implement the requirements.

The federal agency separately said there would be no quotes from companies regarding their testing requirements until Feb. 9.

The announcement came after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th District in Cincinnati ruled Friday that the mandate could continue for large employers, reversing an earlier court ruling that was made after 27 Republican-led states, conservative groups, business associations and some sole proprietorship was hit called the mandate into question.

OSHA said in a statement that it will not issue quotes until the dates listed, “as long as an employer makes reasonable efforts to meet the standard.”

The mandate was originally due to come into force on January 4th.

The Biden government‘s vaccination requirement applies to companies with 100 or more employees and covers approximately 84 million U.S. workers. Employees who are not fully vaccinated must wear face masks and have weekly COVID-19 tests. There are exceptions, including for those who work outdoors or just at home.

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

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