No, you do not. Vaccines are strongly encouraged; therefore, the USG allows faculty and staff to use “Non-Closure Emergency Leave” for the purpose of COVID-19 vaccinations. Individuals will be compensated for this time without deducting from vacation or sick leave balances up to the amounts noted below.
- Faculty and staff may take up to eight (8) hours of Non-Closure Emergency Leave for the purpose of receiving a vaccine. If receiving a two-dose vaccine, this is a total of up to 8 hours across both doses.
- Faculty and staff who experience vaccine side effects that prevent them from performing duties of employment may take up to sixteen (16) hours of Non-Closure Emergency Leave rather than using sick leave. If receiving a two-dose vaccine, this is a total of up to 16 hours across both doses.
- Faculty and staff should inform their supervisors of time taken for these purposes and provide proof of vaccination.
- If supervisors have questions about the information above, please contact your unit’s HR Liaison. These individuals will be in close contact with UGA’s HR and Payroll offices.