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Friday, August 27, 2021

COVID Testing: What Employees and Employers Need to Know

COVID testing is taking a more prominent role as more employers have established vaccine mandates for their employees. Employees who assert either a medical waiver or religious exemption must undergo regular and observed COVID testing. 

The trend toward vaccine mandates is escalating following the US Food and Drug Administration’s recent approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to prevent COVID-19 in individuals 16 years of age and older. The expansion of vaccine mandates is anticipated as President Biden is encouraging adoption by more employers and insurance companies are requesting increased premium adjustments for insurance coverage of unvaccinated workers.

The Veterans Health Administration [VHA] has been at the forefront of mandating vaccinations in the occupational arena, produced a webinar that helps clarify the options available for COVID testing options. Chad Kessler, MD moderates a discussion with Michael Gelman, MD PhD and Yashpal Agrawal MD on how the Veterans Administration is meeting the challenge.

Employers are confronted with multiple and complex issues involving the implementation of vaccine mandates, masking, and testing liability issues if they undertake a company-provided COVID vaccination mandate initiative. Complicating the current COVID surge, the influenza vaccination season is underway and the protocols for the flu vaccination have also been published.

I encourage you to listen to this informative 30-minute Webinar/Podcast. Testing is going to be an essential tool to curb the occupational spread of COVID-19.  Understanding when and how to test is going to be a critical component in the battle against COVID and pandemic response and preparedness.

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COVID in 20 [C20] is produced by the Veterans Health Administration. This podcast is a twice-weekly expert panel discussion from the field for the field discussion hitting on COVID and related topics. Clinical providers will talk about what they are doing now and what others can do to be better prepared.

Recommended Citation: Jon L. Gelman,   COVID Testing: What Employees and Employers Need to Know Workers' Compensation Blog (Aug. 26 2021), https://workers-compensation.blogspot

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Jon L. Gelman of Wayne NJ is the author of NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (Thomson-Reuters) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (Thomson-Reuters). For over 4 decades the Law Offices of Jon L Gelman  1.973.696.7900  has been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.

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