As Country Reaches 200 Million COVID-19 Vaccines, Biden Calls on Employers to Provide Paid Time Off to Get Vaccinated
This week, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. announced the U.S. has reached its updated goal of administering 200 million COVID-19 vaccines within his Administration’s first 100 days. Recall, the goal was doubled after 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered by day 58 of the Biden-Harris Administration.
To encourage the continued administration of COVID-19 vaccines, President Biden called on every U.S. employer to provide full pay to employees for any time off needed to receive a vaccine and for any time it takes to recover from the after-effects of vaccination. As part of this announcement, the Administration plans to offer:
- Small- and Medium-Sized Business Tax Credit: A paid leave tax credit has been made available through the recently enacted American Rescue Plan to offset the cost for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 500 employees for up to 80 hours between April 1 and September 30, 2021. This tax credit will allow employers to provide paid leave for employers to receive a COVID-19 vaccination and for any time employees may need to recover from vaccination at no cost to the employer. The IRS this week issued a fact sheet providing information to employers on how to claim the paid sick leave credit.
The Biden-Harris Administration is also calling on all employers to use their unique resources to provide information on how people can get vaccinated and why people should receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Additional information on the President’s announcement is available here.