Since 12 January 2022, an employee who accompanies a minor child living with him or her to a vaccination site to have this child vaccinated against the coronavirus COVID-19, is able to enjoy leave of absence (circumstantial leave). The same goes for an employee who accompanies his or her adult child with a disability or a person over whom he or she has legal custody. This right shall be granted until 30 June 2022.
This is what is provided for by the Act of 23 December 2021 on temporary support measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was published on 12 January 2022 in the Belgian Official Gazette.
Moreover, the same Act extends the right to leave of absence for employees who must be absent from work to be vaccinated from 12 January 2022 until 30 June 2022. This right initially was to expire on 31 December 2021.
According to the FPS Employment, a legislative initiative will be taken so that the extension and prolongation of the right to leave of absence will take effect from 1 January 2022 (and not from 12 January 2022).
More information? Refer to our Infoflashes:
- Circumstantial leave to be vaccinated: the law has been published!
- Coming soon: Circumstantial leave to accompany a child who is being vaccinated
Sources: Act of 23 December 2021 on temporary support measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Belgian Official Gazette 12.01.2022; FPS Employment.