Union Win - Paid Leave to get the Jab Sooner

Updated 3 months ago

Public sector employees can now access up to half a day’s paid time off to get each dose of the vaccine, and the Government hopes the move encourages other employers to consider similar incentives as part of Victoria’s drive to administer 1 million doses of the vaccine in five weeks from 16 August.  More than half a million doses have already been delivered through our state-run vaccination centres since 30 July.

The new arrangements apply to full-time and part-time staff and long-term and regular casuals at departments and administrative offices, statutory authorities, government schools, TAFE institutes, police and emergency services, water and land management authorities and other public entities.

All public sector workers are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible.

The paid time off to get vaccinated applies in addition to accrued sick leave, which can be used if people experience adverse side effects.

All Victorians are encouraged where possible to book their vaccination appointment by visiting portal.cvms.vic.gov.au or by phoning the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine for information on vaccine eligibility and Victoria’s vaccination centres, including locations and opening hours.

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