Vaccination: are employees entitled to leave?

Author: Catherine Mairy (Legal Expert)

The COVID-19 vaccination campaign has been relaunched and some employees have already received their invitation to be vaccinated. 

Can an employee be absent from work for this reason?

No more vaccination leave at the moment....

The vaccination leave was in force until 30 June 2022.

Therefore, currently and unless otherwise provided by the joint committee or the company, the employee cannot demand payment from the employer for the hours of absence to be administered the vaccine.

...but it is expected

The Minister of Employment would like to see vaccination leave reintroduced.

The National Labour Council has been asked for its opinion on this matter.

We will keep you updated as soon as we have more details.

Our advice

At present, employers are strongly advised to inform employees in advance that they will not receive pay for the hours of absence to be vaccinated, unless the joint committee or the company has agreed otherwise.

Employees who do not wish to suffer any loss of pay may, by agreement with their employer, take a day’s holiday or time off in lieu.

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