NASA requires workers, visitors to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test

Agency creates protocols for vaccinated, unvaccinated workers

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA is requiring workers and visitors to its centers provide proof that they have received a COVID-19 vaccine or submit to the space agency’s testing policy.

NASA has distributed a certification of vaccination to its workers and contractors asking for a worker’s vaccination status.

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“The purpose of this form is to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to protect the health and safety of all federal employees, onsite contractors, visitors to federal buildings or federally controlled indoor workspaces, and other individuals interacting with the Federal workforce,” the form reads.

The form addresses those who are not vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons, instructing them to select “I have not been vaccinated” or “I decline to respond” options.

Those who decline to disclose their vaccination status have to commit to NASA’s virus testing program.

The policy also applies to those who are visiting NASA’s Kennedy Space Center effective immediately.

Visitors who are unvaccinated or cannot show proof but provide a negative COVID-19 test from the last 72 hours and wear a mask at all times on KSC property.

NASA outlined the policy, saying if one declines to respond or is not fully vaccinated, they need to wear a mask regardless of virus transmission levels, physically distance and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test from within the previous three days.

The agency said it is authorized to collect the information due to the executive order entitled Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing and Occupational Safety and Health Program for Federal Employees.