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County Government Considers Federal Vaccine Requirement For Its Employees

County Government Considers Federal Vaccine Requirement For Its Employees

(GDN) — The federal government and courts are making decisions on COVID vaccine requirements for large employers. 

Wayne County Government is making sure it’s ready should it need to mandate vaccinations and/or regular COVID-19 testing for its employees per OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requirements. 

County Staff Attorney Andrew Neal explained some of the steps that may be implemented during Tuesday’s county board meeting.

According to Neal, the OSHA rules would require large employers with 100+ employees to either mandate vaccinations or allow employees who are not vaccinated to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.

Neal says staff is recommending “Option 2” — vaccination or weekly testing for employees.

At this time, the county does not have to approve or enforce any of these rules, but they could go into effect toward the end of January or February pending a decision on an injunction from the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Wayne County Commissioners will be asked to approved the county’s vaccination rules at a forthcoming meeting, assuming the new rules are even allowed to take effect.

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