Employees who need to take time off due to normal COVID vaccine side effects, whether that be the day after the first dose or the day after the second dose, can do so under the Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA).

In order to have this time covered under HFWA, employees or their supervisors need to code the time as D_ILL, and complete the HFWA application. This means PTO may be used at first but will be given back once the application is processed.

The application needs to be returned to the Leave of Absence office at LOAFMLProcess@dhha.org as soon as possible after the leave is taken.

Employees who have already taken the maximum amount of time eligible under the HFWA (2 weeks of leave) will be given one additional day of leave to cover this absence. Any absences beyond that will be covered by PTO or go unpaid.

The day of leave following the employee receiving the COVID-19 vaccine only applies to Denver Health employees. Contractors need to work through their staffing agency for Healthy Families and Workplaces leave.

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