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Vaccinated workers now qualify for paid sick time

May 28, 2021 2:45 pm

Chris Bragg, Tim Wilkin are reporting for the Times Union Gov. Andrew Cuomo on May 27, announced that state residents suffering symptoms after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine are now entitled to paid sick time while recovering. In making the announcement, Cuomo cited a study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which found that 48 percent of the unvaccinated fear they might miss work due to potential side effects. Cuomo said in some cases, flu-like symptoms do occur so the state Department of Labor will issue an order that anyone experiencing vaccine-related illness are covered by the state’s paid sick leave law. New York already requires employers to provide four hours of paid time off to account for employees' vaccination appointments. Sixty-four percent of New Yorkers have received one dose of vaccine, and 55.8 percent are fully vaccinated. But the rate of vaccinations has slowed. “We’re in the ‘red zone,’” Cuomo said, using a football analogy. “Every yard, we have to fight for.” Cuomo also announced that anyone with proof of COVID-19 vaccination will receive free entry to opening day at Saratoga Race Course. The New York Racing Association will provide the free entry on July 15 to residents fully vaccinated and demonstrating that status through the state’s Excelsior Pass program. Read more in the Times Union.