Feds drop employers’ requirement to report vaccine side effects

By Bob Unruh

 

A Yokosuka Middle School student receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from Hospitalman Keanu Baez, assigned to U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, during a vaccine distribution at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka’s Hawk’s Nest in Japan, May 20, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo by Tetsuya Morita)

The federal government says it is dropping a standard requirement that employers report any negative side effects employees may face as a result of mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations because it wants to promote those shots.

WND reported a little over a week ago that the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, at that time, released guidance that notes, “In general, an adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine is recordable if the reaction is: (1) work-related, (2) a new case, and (3) meets one or more of the general recording criteria in 29 CFR 1904.7 (e.g., days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job, medical treatment beyond first aid).”

Further, OSHA explained then, “If you require your employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment (i.e., for work-related reasons), then any adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine is work-related. The adverse reaction is recordable if it is a new case under 29 CFR 1904.6 and meets one or more of the general recording criteria in 29 CFR 1904.7.”

Liberty Counsel, a legal team that advocates for individual and religious rights, noted that to avoid liability, employers “should not require employees to receive any COVID shot.”

But now officials at Liberty Counsel note that the government has changed its statement.

“No doubt receiving pressure from the Biden administration, OSHA suspended the enforcement requirement to record adverse injuries or death from COVID shots until May 2022 in order to push the COVID shots. This politically motivated change by OSHA is unprecedented,” Liberty Counsel explained.

Now the OSHA webpage states, according to Liberty Counsel: “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 reevaluate the agency’s position at that time to determine the best course of action moving forward.”

Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver said, “Employers that require employees to take a COVID shot may be held liable for adverse injuries and death. The fact that OSHA will not enforce recording requirements does not alter the legal liability of employers who require, coerce, or incentivize employees to take COVID shots. OSHA’s suspension of the recording requirement so as not to discourage experimental COVID shots reveals that the Biden administration could care less about the collateral damage being caused by the COVID shots. The people can see this biased agenda. They are not stupid.”

Liberty Counsel noted, “Despite OSHA’s suspension of recording adverse injuries related to COVID shots, to avoid liability, employers should not require employees to receive any COVID shot. If employers require, coerce, or provide incentives to receive COVID shots, employers may be legally liable for adverse injuries and deaths. The suspension of the OSHA recording requirement does not affect other legal remedies outside of OSHA.”

None of COVID shots being used now is licensed by the Food and Drug Administration. They come under the Emergency Use Authorization, “which means they cannot be forced or required,” Liberty Counsel said.

They were given emergency use authorization by the Health and Human Services department last year, which means people must be told the risks and benefits, and they have the right to decline a medication that is not fully licensed.

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