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Taking Time off to Help Your Children Get Vaccinated: What You Need to Know

Following the CDC's announcement that children ages six months and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, here's what working parents should know.
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As we’ve seen, paid vaccination leave has proven to be critical in allowing people to get vaccinated without compromising their paycheck by providing workers with time off to receive and recover from the shot and any potential side effects. 

For workers with young children, access to paid time off to help their kids get vaccinated is especially important. Following the CDC’s recent announcement that children ages six months and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, we are working to ensure that workers understand their rights under the law to take the time they need to get vaccinated, and to help their children and loved ones receive and recover from the vaccine and any booster shots, which are free and widely available

In states with permanent paid sick time laws on the books, covered workers can use their accrued paid sick time in relation to the COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, several states and localities throughout the country have enacted emergency paid sick time laws, which grant workers sick time to use for purposes related to COVID-19 or public health emergencies in general, including, in many cases, receiving and recovering from the vaccine. 

For more information about accessing paid leave to get vaccinated or boosted, or to help a loved one receive or recover from the shot, visit our Know Your Rights fact sheet on vaccination leave. If you have additional questions, contact our free work-family legal helpline

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