Pritzker announces COVID-19 sick leave initiative only for vaccinated school staff

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced a new initiative that will keep students and teachers safely in the classroom without penalizing vaccinated employees for taking COVID-required sick time.

As part of a compromise with the Illinois Education Association and the Illinois Federation of Teachers, Governor Pritzker announced Monday paid sick leave for fully vaccinated educators.

“Vaccines are a vital tool in preventing the deadly effects of COVID-19, and those who take the steps to be fully vaccinated against this virus are doing their part to keep everyone safe,” said Governor JB Pritzker, in a statement. “They deserve to be able to take the time they need to respond to the ongoing devastating impacts the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have on them and their families. This collaborative initiative will provide paid administrative leave for education employees who, despite doing all they can to keep themselves and their communities safe, continue to have their lives and livelihoods disrupted by COVID-19.”

The legislation comes after the Governor vetoed a proposal which would offer COVID-19 sick leave to all school employees.

Teachers who are fully vaccinated are now entitled to paid administrative leave if they contract COVID-19 and are required to be out of school.

Those who already took time off will have their sick days restored.