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How applying for a COVID-19 vaccine waiver works

Pharmacist Stephen Polley hands a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to a nursing student for distribution on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.

As a federal appeals court debates the constitutionality of the Biden government’s vaccination requirement for businesses with at least 100 employees, Ohio companies are preparing to enforce it.

“If you’re a company with more than 100 employees, you need to prepare as this goes into effect,” said Kevin Shimp, general counsel for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

The requirement comes from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and states that employees of eligible companies must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly tests by January 4. And all unvaccinated workers will be required to wear masks to work from Dec. 5.

The fine — if it passes legal scrutiny — would be $14,000 per violation.

Here’s what you need to know:

Ohio law wouldn’t matter: Two bills introduced by Republicans in the Ohio House that would prevent companies from demanding vaccinations have stalled. But even if they were part of Ohio’s code, the temporary emergency standard would replace them.

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