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Job-protected time off for British Columbians to get COVID-19 vaccines

Last Updated Apr 1, 2021 at 6:46 pm PDT

Summary

Workers in B.C. can take job-protected time off for their COVID-19 vaccination

People can also take time off work to take a family member to an immunization appointment

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Workers in B.C. can get their COVID-19 vaccine without fear of losing their job, but employers don’t have to pay for that time off.

Labour Minister Harry Bains says changes have already been made to ensure you can book time off for your shot.

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Under the Employment Standards Act, both part-time and full-time employees are also allowed to take a family member to an immunization appointment.

While people can take the time off work for COVID-19 shots, there is no mention of employers being obliged to pay you for those hours.

It’s also unclear at this point how much time you will be allowed to book off. However, people voting in an election are given a three-hour window to do so.