Vaccine Booster Shots

Getting a COVID vaccine / booster is not a requirement for staff, but it is something we are encouraging. To make it as easy as possible we will be granting Administrative Leave time to staff who have scheduled a COVID vaccination / booster during regularly scheduled work hours. This is essentially the same procedure we used for the spring vaccinations. Please check with your health care provider about when you will be eligible for a COVID booster shot.

For non-exempt staff, if you have scheduled a COVID vaccination / booster during your regularly scheduled work hours you will be granted up to 1.5 hours (90 minutes) of Administrative Leave to cover time away from work. This leave can only be used for time taken to get a COVID vaccination. Please coordinate your appointment with your supervisor to determine if it works with the department’s work schedule. When you leave work to get vaccinated you will clock out and clock back in when you return to work. You must send an email to hr@tscpl.org in order for record the Administrative Leave to be recorded on your timecard. If you are gone more than 90 minutes, you will use personal leave time to cover any additional time.

Exempt staff will also notify their supervisor of any schedule adjustments but will not be granted additional leave to cover time missed for the vaccine.

If you have questions about how this leave works, please contact Human Resources.

2 thoughts on “Vaccine Booster Shots

  1. Debbie Stanton on said:

    Thanks Thad. The question has come up about whether library staff qualify for the booster shot. Here’s the information from the CDC on who falls under the guideline of “Age 18+ who work in high-risk settings” (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html#HighRisk) —

    COVID-19 Vaccine booster shots are available for the following Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least 6 months ago and are:

    “People aged 18–64 years at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may get a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine based on their individual benefits and risks. Adults aged 18–64 years who work or reside in certain settings (e.g., health care, schools, correctional facilities, homeless shelters) may be at increased risk of being exposed to COVID-19, which could be spreading where they work or reside. Since that risk can vary across settings and based on how much COVID-19 is spreading in a community, people aged 18–64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may get a booster shot after considering their individual risks and benefits. This recommendation may change in the future as more data become available.

    Occupations at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission include front line essential workers and health care workers as previously detailed by the CDC:
    -First responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
    -Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
    -Food and agriculture workers
    -Manufacturing workers
    -Corrections workers
    -U.S. Postal Service workers
    -Public transit workers
    -Grocery store workers”

    During the vaccine rollout library staff were added to Phase 2B, which included those in food processing and distribution, transportation, cashiers, higher education, and government continuity roles.

  2. Dawn Stone on said:

    The Pfizer vaccine is 47% effective at preventing infection with the Delta variant at 6 months. If you are older or have some chronic health conditions it could be less. If you are young and healthy, and don’t have kids that can’t be vaccinated, you may be okay not getting a booster. I found it interesting the CDC is making a specific distinction at age 50 with underlying health conditions (I’m seeing this category on scheduling software). My opinion is that library workers certainly have as much contact customers as a grocery store worker. And we serve a large vulnerable population. Given how infectious Delta variant is, I think it’s a good idea to get the booster. How any people are honestly going to wear masks or abstain from family gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Most people I talk to have their first two shots and think they won’t get Covid or won’t be very sick from it, even if a family member unknowingly brings it to the party. I think getting the booster can only help. After all, anyone with any illness can come and stay in the library with no mask. I think we should all try to do our part to protect each other as staff. This is just my own OPINION.

    ALSO, get your FLU SHOT!!!! Just sayin’ 😉