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USPS asks OSHA for temporary waiver from vaccine mandate

Updated Jan 5, 2022 at 7:40 PM EST

The U.S. Postal Service has asked federal labor officials for a temporary waiver from President Biden’s coronavirus employer vaccine mandate, setting up a showdown on pandemic safety measures between the president and one of the government’s largest agencies.

In a letter dated Jan. 4 to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Deputy Postmaster General Douglas A. Tulino wrote that requiring workers be vaccinated against covid-19 or present weekly negative tests would hurt the agency’s ability to deliver the mail and strain the nation’s supply chains.

The mandate takes effect Jan. 10, but OSHA officials said the agency would not issue citations for violations until Feb. 9.

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Deputy Postmaster General Douglas A. Tulino wrote to federal regulators asking a temporary waiver from President Biden's vaccine-or-test requirement.