How to take paid leave for your COVID-19 vaccination

If you’re a PIPSC member in the core public administration, you should take paid leave from work to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as you’re eligible in your province or territory.

You can request up to 3.75 hours of leave using code 698, which covers the time required to travel to your vaccination appointment and to get your shot.

Then, repeat the process for your second dose!

Getting vaccinated is an important part of the government’s effort to end the COVID-19 pandemic. If possible, try and schedule your vaccination appointment to minimize absence from work. However, managers should be flexible to allow you to get the earliest possible appointment, regardless of whether that’s during your regular work hours or not. Each province and territory is responsible for vaccine roll-out, so it’s important to stay up-to-date with your local vaccination timeline.


If you have any COVID-related questions, we’re here to help. Whether you’re a parent juggling work with your childcare responsibilities, an employee working from home without an ergonomic setup, or someone feeling the isolation blues, there are resources for you. We are here to help you navigate these never-before-seen times.


We’re working with separate employers to ensure that, if you’re outside the core public administration, you can take paid leave for your vaccination as well. You should ask your manager about how to access time off for vaccinations.