View full playlist here or download videos from the additional resources section.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all workers in the United States (U.S.) get vaccinated against COVID-19, as soon as they are eligible, to end the pandemic and help Americans return to their normal lives. AGC supports the CDC’s vaccination efforts and encourages members to share important information with their staff, trade contractors, partners, and subcontractors about the benefits of vaccination and encourage them to register to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help us all get back to normal.
OSHA COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)
On November 5, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officially published its long anticipated COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard (ETS). AGC and other construction industry allies are preparing to see OSHA in court to defend the industry’s interests. In the meantime, to help AGC members digest this 490-page ETS, the association compiled a construction industry-oriented summary found HERE. In addition, AGC held a webinar series covering the practical, contractual, and outside solutions AGC members may want to consider.
Compliance Dates and Timelines
The ETS has established two separate dates for compliance with the ETS of December 6, 2021 and January 4, 2022. The following are employers’ compliance obligations for each set date:
- December 6, 2021:
- Employer Policy on Vaccinations, and Information Provided to Employees
- Determining Employee Vaccination Status
- Employer Support for Employee Vaccination
- Employee notification to employer of a positive COVID-19 Test and Removal
- Face Coverings for Unvaccinated Employees
- Information Provided to Employees.
- Reporting COVID-19 fatalities and hospitalizations to OSHA
- Maintaining Medical Records
- January 4, 2022:
- COVID-19 Testing for Employees who are Not Fully Vaccinated
The ETS will be in effect for six months. After such time, OSHA will determine if the standard should be made a permanent rule. Where OSHA finds a grave danger from the virus no longer exists for the covered workforce (or some portion thereof), or new information indicates a change in measures necessary to address the grave danger, OSHA will update the ETS, as appropriate.
NOTE: The ETS is currently being challenged in court with a stay issued on Saturday, November 6. However, AGC recommends its members to begin preparations for compliance in the event the ETS goes into effect as scheduled.
Resources for Understanding & Complying with the ETS
AGC of America
- Strategies to Improve Workplace Vaccination Rates and Preparing for Various Mandates
- Sticking Points: What Construction Employers Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines and Flu Shots
- Vaccination Q&As for Construction Employers
- Understanding the Federal Contractor COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate
- Memo on Federal Contractor COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
- Safer Federal Workforce Task Force Website
- Federal Acquisition Regulation Council and the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force
- Letter to the U.S. Department of Labor and OSHA
- Vaccination and Testing ETS Landing Page
- Full Vaccination and Testing ETS Text
- Vaccination and Testing ETS Fact Sheet
- Vaccination and Testing ETS FAQs
- Updated COVID-19 Technical Assistance
- General guidance “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws”
- Vaccinations – Title VII and Religious Objections to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates
- EEOC Internal Religious Accommodation Request Form
Additional Resources for Communicating Vaccine Information
- PSA Videos
- "I didn't think it would affect me..." -Al Vance (password: vax | 90s video, 60s video, 15s video, 6s video)
- "It's a brotherhood, a sisterhood..." - Don Borchert (password: vax | 90s video, 60s video, 15s video, 6s video)
- "It's got lasting effects beyond getting released from the hospital..." Scott Lestus (password: vax | 90s video, 60s video, 15s video, 6s video)
- AGC-CDC Joint PSA Video
- Toolbox Talk (English PDF | Spanish PDF | English MS Word | Spanish MS Word)
- CDC Resources
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines
Why should construction workers get the COVID-19 vaccine?
- COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19. All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the U.S. have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19, may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19, and may also protect people around you.
- COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build protection. While getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, experts don’t know for sure how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic. Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
Additional information on the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine can be found at cdc.gov.
What COVID-19 vaccines are currently available?
Currently, three vaccines are authorized and recommended in the United States to prevent COVID-19:
Johnson & Johnson Janssen
The best COVID-19 vaccine is the first one that is available to you. Do not wait for a specific brand. CDC does not recommend one vaccine over another. Learn more about the different vaccines at cdc.gov.
Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?
Some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated. However, the CDC has confirmed that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. In fact, millions of people in the U.S. have safely received a COVID-19 vaccine. All COVID-19 vaccines being used have gone thorough rigorous safety tests and meet the same standards as any other vaccines. The vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19 and may also keep you from getting seriously ill if you do get COVID-19. The CDC recommends you get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible. Additional details on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines can be found at cdc.gov.
Are adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine recordable on the OSHA recordkeeping log?
The Department of Labor (DOL) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (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.
Can employers require employees to be vaccinated?
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued updated guidance on this issue on December 16, 2020. The Agency’s updated FAQs do not unequivocally state that “employers can require the vaccine.” However, it repeatedly answers questions discussing what actions employers can take in response to various circumstances after an employer has mandated the vaccine. Read More...
Where can I get the vaccine?
Vaccines.gov helps people find the latest information on COVID-19 vaccine availability at certain providers and pharmacies.
For each location, Vaccines.gov displays:
- types of COVID-19 vaccines available
- website or phone number to take the next step to get vaccinated
- hours of operation
If you are currently eligible to get vaccinated, click the Find COVID-19 Vaccines button to find a vaccination location and schedule an appointment with the specific vaccine provider or pharmacy.