As more and more companies, including several in Alaska, require employees to receive the experimental COVID-19 shots, they may be subject to legal action.
New guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicates that employers who mandate COVID shots could be held liable for ensuing adverse reactions.
The new OSHA guidance was released last month in a section of its website answering frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines. One question asks: “If I require my employees to take the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of their employment, are adverse reactions to the vaccine recordable?”
The answer: “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.”
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The new guidance reflects growing concern as more employers around the nation are refusing to let employees decline the COVID shot. While there is no statewide mandate regarding COVID vaccines, several companies in Alaska, including Alaska Industrial Hardware and Delta Air Lines, require the experimental injections as a condition of employment.
According to the CDC-run VAERS reporting site at least 4,057 Americans (including 22 Alaskans) have died shortly after receiving the vaccine. Another 192,954 Americans (including 869 Alaskans) have reported adverse reactions such as anaphylaxis, fainting, high fevers, strokes, shortness of breath, rashes, swollen tongue, discoloration of the skin and a litany of other side effects. According to the CDC, its VAERS website only captures a small percentage of overall adverse reactions to vaccines.
“Underreporting is one of the main limitations of passive surveillance systems, including VAERS,” the CDC website admits. “The term, underreporting refers to the fact that VAERS receives reports for only a small fraction of actual adverse events.”