The UFT has negotiated two hours of paid release time per vaccine dose for members who are unable to schedule their appointment outside the workday. UFT members who have side effects after taking the COVID-19 vaccine and feel sick may also be entitled to paid time off depending on their symptoms and the severity of the side effects.
An employee who has a documented positive COVID-19 test will be able to take up to four calendar weeks of excused leave at full pay, without charge to their leave balance, until the employee is cleared to return to work. An employee who remains hospitalized or in a rehabilitation facility may take additional excused leave until two calendar weeks after their discharge.
Also eligible for excused leave at full pay are those who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 but have not tested positive and those who have been advised by a licensed health care provider to self-quarantine because of exposure to COVID-19. Employees in those categories may take two workweeks of excused leave at full pay without charge to their leave balances if they are unable to telework.
DOE employees caring for an individual who is self-quarantining because of exposure to a person with COVID-19 are eligible for two weeks of excused leave at partial pay. Partial pay equals two-thirds of your regular rate of pay, not to exceed $200 per day or a total of $2,000. To qualify for this excused leave, you must demonstrate that this individual depends on you for care and you are unable to work remotely while providing that care.
Employees are limited to a total of up to two workweeks of excused leave for COVID-related reasons, even if they have repeat qualifying circumstances.
See more information about coronavirus-related absences and leaves, including the required documentation.