COVID Vaccine Mandates Problem or Protection?

COVID Vaccine Mandates

It’s confusing on its best day. The construction industry is promoting COVID vaccine policies for all workers. But the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is mandating vaccinations, and that isn’t sitting well with many construction companies. Employees must vaccinate or prepare to test weekly by January 4, 2022.

OSHA’s COVID vaccine mandate would make all businesses with 100+ employees face fines for violations. The proposed maximum penalty is $13,653/violation and “willful or repeated violations” at $136,532 or less per violation.

Most opponents contend the OSHA vaccine mandate:

  • Exceeds CMS’s (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’) authority
  • Violates 42 U.S. Code 1395; “…to exercise any supervision or control over the practice of medicine…”
  • Violates APA (Administrative Procedure Act) and is “arbitrary and capricious” under the APA
  • Violates the CRA (Congressional Review Act)

Construction industry-related organizations, including:

  • American Road and Transportation Builders Association
  • Associated General Contractors of America
  • Signatory Wall and Ceiling Contractors Alliance

…filed a petition for OSHA to review the mandate. The contention is it will cause employers to lose employees in what is currently a labor shortage.

In addition to construction industry-related organizations, several states are filing suit. States protesting the mandate include:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

November 2021, Georgia governor Brian Kemp said the mandate is an unprecedented and unconscionable use of power by a president that will cripple Georgia’s economy. Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said, “If the rule of law prevails, Georgia’s economy will be stable.”

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Construction Professionals’ Refusal To Get Vaccinations Raises Alarms

COVID-19 vaccinations in Construction Industry

Being classified as “essential workers” along with medical personnel assured construction professionals what we do is valued. We are valued. But even though we were among the first to be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations, the percentage of construction workers getting the vaccination remains low.

Promoting Vaccinations Among Construction Professionals

Construction companies that want their workers to be vaccinated have their work cut out for them. Construction Dive

Not only do contractors and project managers face challenges in promoting COVID-19 vaccinations, but author Robyn Griggs Lawrence says their skepticism is “raising alarm bells for public health officials.” Researchers are trying to understand what’s behind construction workers’ reluctance to get the vaccination. They say until we can understand and address construction professionals’ concerns, we cannot effectively promote vaccination.

Reasons Why

Basically, U.S. construction workers say they don’t trust the vaccine and they don’t trust our government. Some of them believe the misinformation they read online. Many believe the rush to get the vaccine out of the lab and into our arms means the developers may have cut corners, making the vaccine unsafe.

Construction professionals are usually young and healthy, and the majority believe the vaccine is unnecessary. One-third of the unvaccinated population believe they have to pay for the shots, which are free to everyone. 

Then there’s the political side of the pro- and anti-vaccinators. The blue states had higher vaccination rates than the red states. Poll results indicate 91% of Democrats and 51% of Republicans were willing to get the vaccination. 

Cultural, Political Objections Prove Difficult to Overcome

The mindset challenges to the COVID-19 vaccination are cultural and political. That’s a difficult mix to overcome. With the exception of religious or medical reasons, not getting the vaccination is proving to be problematic.

Already, the Delta variant is spreading faster among unvaccinated populations. This can lead to another labor shortage for construction companies if we can’t persuade our employees to get vaccinated.

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