Update: COVID-19 Vaccines on Construction Sites

The Biden administration is continuing to forge ahead with vaccine mandates to prevent the spread of COVID-19, though a number of lawsuits have been filed challenging this effort.

Unless something changes, the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) is aiming to require companies with 100 or more employees to require workers are fully vaccinated, or test negative weekly starting on Jan. 4, 2022. Unvaccinated employees must wear a mask.

Employers are still working to navigate the details of meeting federal requirements. As we noted recently, it is becoming increasingly likely that those seeking jobs in the construction industry across the five boroughs will be asked to provide proof of vaccination as a condition of employment. Building Skills will keep you up to date on developments as we learn of them.

We understand that you may have hesitancy about whether to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. If you want to learn more about how vaccines works, the Centers for disease Control and Prevent provides fact sheets for the Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson inoculations, and updates its website regularly with all relevant and known information available. 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services also provides additional information about vaccines on its website – including what to expect at a vaccine appointment and potential side effects that you might experience if you choose to get inoculated.

Vaccines are available for free across the five boroughs, regardless of insurance and/or immigration status. To find a vaccination site near you, please visit the City’s Vaccine Finder or call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692) to schedule an appointment.

If you have any questions, concerns, or additional information about vaccine mandates in the construction industry, Building Skills New York is always here to support you and answer any questions you might have – please do not hesitate to reach out.