No, the University is providing a one-time paid vaccine day equivalent to one day’s standard work hours to non-exempt, hourly-paid part-time and full-time staff who are are unable to work as a result of a reaction to a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Since side effects generally happen within 24 hours of the vaccination, the sick day must be used within 24 hours of receiving the second dose of the vaccine if the employee is scheduled to work.
Paid sick leave allows for protected time away for all employees.
Effective January 1, 2021 there are expanded reasons and qualified family members that sick leave can be utilized for. These include illness, injury, domestic violence, or medical care for yourself or a qualifying family member. Qualifying family members include:
- Domestic partners
All full-time employees have a minimum of 56 hours of paid sick leave each calendar year. All part-time and time-as-reported (TAR) employees get up to 56 hours of paid sick leave based on hours worked.
Medical Center staff with PTO have expanded use for their PTO: It can be used for the above illness-related concerns for themselves or a qualifying family member, or it can also be used for vacation.
Get full details in the official Sick Leave and PTO policies on the University’s policies website.
- Sick Leave Policy (Effective 1/1/2021)
- Paid Time Off (Effective 1/1/2021)
- Paid Time Off (Prior to 1/1/2021)
In addition to the information you’ll find in the official policies, these documents and guides might be helpful to you.
- Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- How sick time or PTO is impacted if you transfer or change status
- Guide for entering sick and PTO time in HRMS
- PTO bank chart
To help those who experience side effects and are unable to work after receiving their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the University is now providing a one-time paid vaccine day to all non-exempt, hourly-paid part-time and full-time staff who have paid time off (PTO) or sick banks. This is in addition to time off for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Get full details in the announcement message.
Explore frequently asked questions related to the paid COVID-19 vaccine day. You can also download a printable version of this guidance.
If you continue to feel ill beyond the first 24 hours following your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination you will use your available sick time. The one-time paid vaccine day is to be used within the first 24 hours after your second dose only.
Yes, we urge all faculty and staff to take advantage of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible. The Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub is a great resource for up-to-date information on clinics in our community. Once you receive the second dose and are scheduled to work, you must complete your Dr. Chat Bot health screening, as always. If you screen positive for symptoms you will be instructed to stay home until you are contacted by Employee Health (EHS) or University Health Services (UHS). If your symptoms prevent you from working, Employee Health or University Health Service will email your manager to let them know that you are out for a vaccine related illness related to your second dose. You will receive the additional sick day if you can provide proof of the vaccine to Employee Health/University Health Service.
Generally, there have been very few cases of severe side effects following the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. As predicted by the vaccine clinical trials, we are experiencing higher rates of side effects with the second dose, and as a result, are seeing a larger percentage of staff taking a sick day after receiving the second dose. This additional one-time vaccine sick day is to help ease the burden of staff who are unable to work due to experiencing these second dose side effects.
If you are unable to come to work due to side effects from your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, your manager will be notified by Employee Health or University Health Service that their direct report employee is out sick due to side effects from the vaccine. Only with the EH/UHS email confirmation of vaccine related illness can your manager pay this day.
No. Because of the specific eligibility and use of this time you will not see an additional day of PTO or sick time added to your bank.
Employees who work in New York State can receive up to four hours of paid time off to receive a COVID-19 vaccine without having to use their existing PTO, sick time, or vacation.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Get more in-depth information about how sick leave works, including breakdowns for different types of employees.
Contact Leave Administration
If you still have questions or need further assistance, we’re here to help. See contact information for Leave administration and reach out for support.