NEWS & ANALYSIS

Employers Are No Longer Required by OSHA to Record Worker Side Effects from COVID Vaccine


Yesterday, Human Events News did a report on vaccine injuries and how some are turning to the crowdfunding site GoFundMe to raise money to assist in replacing lost income caused by the vaccine.

In the article, we cited Dr. Janelle Routhier, former executive within the pharmaceutical and medical device industries with experience in clinical trials, research & development, and marketing. She speculated that many people may be forced to crowdfunding sites owing to vaccine injuries not being covered under conventional workman’s compensation insurance. 

Separately yesterday, it was reported that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new guidance states that they will not enforce requiring any employers to record worker side effects from the vaccine. 

According to the Horton Group, prior OSHA guidance indicated that employers were required to record an employee’s reaction to a vaccine if it was work related, a new case, and met one or more of the agency’s general recording criteria. 

The new guidance says the following: 

Are adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine recordable on the OSHA recordkeeping log? The 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 through May 2022. We will re-evaluate the agency’s position at that time to determine the best course of action moving forward.

Employers can rely on the statement that the recording requirement will not be enforced through May 2022.