Tip: How long does an employer have to wait for an employee to be vaccinated?

Koidu Laanemets, a nurse at UT Haapsalu Family Doctor, is currently vaccinating mainly against the flu. Photo: Malle-Liisa Raigla
Vaccination. Photo: Malle-Liisa Raigla

In accordance with the established procedure, we check the Covid evidence at the door and stated in the risk analysis of the work environment that the employee checking the customer’s evidence must be vaccinated. If one of our three workers is unvaccinated, what should we do next and how long can we have to allow the worker to be vaccinated?

If you have concluded from the risk assessment that certain work can only be done by vaccinated workers, the next steps are to consult an occupational health professional and introduce the risk assessment to the workers. The employer must consult an occupational doctor on the need for and suitability of vaccinating workers. We recommend that you do this, for example, by e-mail, so that you can prove the consultation later.

The risk analysis must be introduced and explained to employees. Take the time to draft the requirements and explanations in such a way that they are unambiguous and do not confuse and defy employees.

The employer must give the employee a reasonable time to vaccinate. A reasonable time to receive the first dose of vaccine can be, for example, up to ten days, as vaccination is currently available at many locations and without prior registration. The employer could also suggest that the time taken for vaccination be included in working time. Although the maximum protection for most vaccines has not yet been reached after the first dose, the worker has already partially complied with the requirement and can continue to perform their duties. Until the vaccination course is completed and the necessary immunity is established, the work can be reorganized or an obligation to wear a mask can be imposed on the worker. It is also worth reminding the employee that it is very important to monitor the timing of the repeat dose, because then the necessary immunity will develop.

Silja Soon

Head of the Supervision Department of the Labor Inspectorate

Source: Lääne Elu by online.le.ee.

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