OSHA will no longer require employers to record adverse effects from the COVID-19 vaccine, at least not for a year. Is this the sign of things to come?
Notice how they say they do “not wish to disincentivize employers’ vaccination efforts.” And, the reward is companies don’t have to record adverse effects, saving them from potential lawsuits or claims.
DOL and OSHA, as well as other federal agencies, are working diligently to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations. OSHA does not wish to have any appearance of discouraging workers from receiving COVID-19 vaccination, and also does not wish to disincentivize employers’ vaccination efforts. As a result, OSHA will not enforce 29 CFR 1904’s recording requirements to require any employers to record worker side effects from COVID-19 vaccination at least through May 2022. We will reevaluate the agency’s position at that time to determine the best course of action moving forward.