In its updated guidance, OSHA recognizes that unless otherwise required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, most employers no longer need to take steps to protect their fully vaccinated workers who are not otherwise at-risk from COVID-19 exposure. Thus, the updated guidance focuses only on protecting unvaccinated or otherwise at-risk workers in their workplaces (or well-defined portions of workplaces). OSHA defines at-risk workers as those with conditions such as a prior transplant or those taking immune-weakening medications such that the vaccine does not fully protect them. The agency advises that employers should apply the same protections for such employees as they do for the unvaccinated workers, regardless of their vaccination status.
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