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Dear Faculty and Staff,

I’m writing to share the updated work and leave provisions we recently received from the UNC System Office and the Office of State Human Resources (OSHR). These provisions are effective Jan. 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021, unless revised or rescinded.

The revised guidance includes the following key items:

  • Both permanent and temporary employees can use paid time worked to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine during work hours with supervisor approval. This is paid work time and does not count against the COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave.
  • COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave may be used if an employee experiences a reaction to their vaccination, either on the day of the vaccination or the following day. This leave may be applied retroactively to Jan. 1, 2021. Employees must use their accrued personal leave for reactions that are experienced beyond the day after vaccination.
  • The provision allowing interchangeability of leave for COVID-related absences has been extended through June 30, 2021.

In addition, for those who have returned to work on campus this semester, the Return to Work on Campus Guide has been updated with the latest information about the Carolina Together Testing Program and COVID-19 Community Standards.

Many of you have also asked about COVID-19 vaccines, and how the University is engaged and involved in their distribution.

  • The University encourages all employees to receive the vaccine when it is available to them. Medical professionals assure COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. They are the best way to protect our campus community and allow us to move closer to more normal operations.
  • As we’ve stated previously, the University is not a vaccine provider and does not make decisions or definitions for vaccine prioritization, but we have been actively engaged with our partners at NC Department of Health and Human Services to advocate for the broadest possible definitions so as many in our community can be vaccinated as soon as possible.
  • Right now, vaccines continue to be distributed to Groups 1 and 2, and K-12 teachers and staff are now eligible within Group 3. However, vaccination efforts continue to be limited across the state by vaccine shortages.
  • UNC-Chapel Hill instructors and support staff working on campus, in person are included in Group 3 under the DHHS prioritization. DHHS has said they anticipate moving to the next phase of Group 3 on March 10; however, we are awaiting additional guidance from NC DHHS on more details about Group 3. We will share further updates as soon as we can.

All that said, this information is constantly changing. We encourage you to check the EHS COVID-19 vaccination website regularly for more information. The Well will also provide updates on the process starting next week.

Thank you again for all you continue to do in support of Carolina.

Sincerely,

Becci Menghini
Vice Chancellor
Human Resources and Equal Opportunity and Compliance

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