President Biden Calls On Employers to Give Paid Time Off For Vaccinations

During an announcement by President Biden on Wednesday that he had met his goal of 200 million coronavirus vaccinations in his first 100 days in office, the President also called on all employers to provide paid time off for employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. To help offset the cost, the President announced a new paid leave tax credit that will offset the cost for employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide full pay for any time employees need to get a COVID-19 vaccination or recover from that vaccination. Watch the President’s announcement here. A fact sheet with details is available here.

Understanding the important role that businesses play in the vaccination effort and our recovery and reopening efforts, the Chamber launched the Time To Vaccinate program last month. Time To Vaccinate is an education and awareness program offering resources and information employers can use to encourage their workforce to get vaccinated when they are able. All businesses are encouraged to join and pledge to do their part in supporting our region’s workers getting vaccinated. Learn more and join at www.sdchamber.org/timetovaccinate.