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If you lie about your vaccination status, you might get jailed

Josue Torres

According to a rule by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), individuals who lie to their employer about their immunization status may get a $10,000 fine and up to six months in prison.

OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for Immunization and Testing states they aim to stop individuals from lying by raising knowledge of the potential penalties an employee may face for falsifying their vaccination status or test results.

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The business vaccine mandate goes into full effect on January 4, and according to the ETS, employers need to let their employees know all the information:

“Employers [are required] to provide each employee with information regarding the prohibitions of 18 U.S.C. 1001 and Section 17(g) of the OSH Act, which provide for criminal penalties associated with knowingly supplying false statements or documentation.”

It also mentions the fines and jail time individuals who lie may face:

Section 17(g) of the OSH Act provides for fines up to $10,000, and imprisonment for not more than six months, or both, for anyone who “knowingly makes any false statement, representation, or certification” in any application, record, report, plan, or other document “filed or required to be maintained pursuant to this chapter.”

In San Francisco, since August 20 people are required to show proof of vaccination to go indoors in some places like bars, restaurants, clubs, large indoor events, any business or event serving food or drinks indoors, and gyms.

According to San Francisco’s government website:

“You cannot use a self-attestation of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. You must have proof that you are vaccinated.”

The website also mentions why the government is making these requirements:

“We’re requiring vaccines to protect everyone against the continued spread of COVID-19. We want to cut down the spread of COVID-19 and keep San Francisco businesses open.”

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