The National Vaccination Programme is covering an increasing number of people, and soon also the employers will participate in the vaccination. Is an employee entitled to be off from work for the time of vaccination and how to settle the employee’s absence?
More and more employees are being vaccinated against COVID-19, and very often the vaccination date is scheduled within working hours. The current legislation allows for excused absences and time off from work for employees to have mandatory medical examinations and vaccinations required by the regulations on the control of infectious diseases, tuberculosis and venereal diseases.
However, the COVID-19 vaccination is voluntary, which means that employers may or may not grant an employee excused time off from work for the vaccination, since the so-called voluntary principle applies in this case.
Therefore, it is up to the goodwill of an employer to allow an employee to be excused from work for the time of COVID-19 vaccination.
An employee who is not given time off from work has other options, such as follows:
In both cases, the consent of an employer is required.
An employee is entitled to remuneration for the time of excused absence on the basis of the provisions of the Labour Code (art. 80 and art. 172) and the provisions of the Regulation of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy on the method of determining remuneration in the period of non-performance of work dated 29.05.1996 and 8.01.1997.
Under the legislation, an employer may settle an employee’s absence due to COVID-19 vaccination in the following way:
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