VICTORIA, B.C. – The amendments to the Employment Standards Act, which provides workers with up to three hours of paid leave to receive their COVID-19 vaccine, are now in effect.

This means that Bill 3 is now a law, and no employee can lose pay if they need time off or away to get vaccinated. This accounts for those that require first and second doses. Both full-time and part-time employees can take up to three hours of paid leave.

“Guaranteeing paid leave for workers to get vaccinated is an important way to keep workers safe while reducing risks to businesses. Our government believes it’s in everyone’s interest to remove all barriers to a worker getting vaccinated when they are eligible to do so,” said Harry Bains, Minister of Labour.

“Supporting workers to get their COVID-19 vaccine when it’s their turn will greatly benefit everyone. Workers will be able to protect themselves and their families from this terrible virus, businesses can protect staff and customers from getting sick. Communities will benefit from reducing the chance of an outbreak.”

This amendment is to help support community members across the province through the pandemic and will be in place until annulled by the regulation.