More than 45,000 council workers eligible for paid vaccination leave

Tuesday, 06 July, 2021

More than 45,000 council workers eligible for paid vaccination leave

More than 45,000 council staff across NSW are now eligible for special vaccination leave to get the COVID jab.

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) President Linda Scott said the additional leave was part of the special Local Government (COVID-19) Splinter (Interim) Award 2021 secured by the industry body and unions last year.

“Some 105 of the state’s councils have opted into this award, which makes special vaccination leave available for more than 45,000 council employees,” Scott said.

“This new leave allowance allows council staff to get vaccinated without impacting their regular sick leave.

“Ensuring our workforce is vaccinated, where they are eligible, ensures a stronger health and economic recovery for NSW, and keeps our communities safe from the threat of COVID.

“Providing leave to allow our workforce to be vaccinated, and to be redeployed where possible when in isolation, is the right thing to do.”

While the new arrangement would make it easy for a council worker to take the necessary time off to get vaccinated, no one would be forced to get vaccinated, said Scott.

“For most people, getting the vaccine should be possible within 2–3 hours. Without seeking to infringe on individual circumstances and personal choice, councils will generally be encouraging all staff to get vaccinated.”

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