OSHA Extends Comment Period for COVID-19 Vaccination Standard

December 1, 2021

Representatives of companies with more than 100 employees now have an additional 45 days to comment on an emergency temporary standard (ETS) that requires their workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) extended the ETS comment period to January 19, 2022. This extension allows stakeholders additional time to review the ETS and collect information and data necessary for comment.

Those who wish to submit comments may do so electronically at, which is the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Follow the online instructions for making electronic submissions. 

OSHA issued the ETS on November 5 to protect workers from the spread of COVID-19 on the job. Covered employers must develop, implement, and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, unless they adopt a policy requiring employees to either get vaccinated or undergo regular COVID-19 testing and wear a face covering at work.