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Can I use sick leave to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Last Updated: 04/30/2021

Yes, employees can use their NJ Earned Sick Leave to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Under NJ state law, all employers must pay up to 40 hours of earned sick leave per year to most full-time, part-time, and temporary employees – including migrant and seasonal employees – so they can care for themselves or a loved one.

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Additionally, the American Rescue Plan Act extended employer tax credits for federal paid sick and childcare leave. Employers are not required to provide this leave after December 31, 2020 but may voluntarily do so and receive a tax credit.

This leave can now be used to take time off related to COVID-19 vaccinations and side effects. Learn more here.