Over 60pct of Taiwan firms support paid leave for COVID vaccinations

10-Apr-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Over 60 percent of businesses in Taiwan would agree to grant employees fully paid leave so they can get vaccinated for COVID-19, according to a survey by job bank yes123.

Given the possible side effects and adverse reactions from the vaccine, 61.3 percent of companies in Taiwan would offer paid leave for workers getting a jab. The survey was conducted online between March 18 and April 1.

Separately, 20.9 percent of salaried workers would consider travelling to a country that has established a “travel bubble” with Taiwan. Those wary about such trips cited the need to self-monitor after their return and workplace discrimination, said yes123 spokesman Yang Tsung-bin.

Taiwan rolled out nationwide immunisation against the coronavirus in March using AstraZeneca vaccines secured directly from the company and through COVAX. Given the country’s low rate of COVID inoculation, the health authorities have expanded the scope of eligibility to cover 613,000 people listed in the high-risk group, including medical workers, disease prevention personnel, and flight and ship crews.

As of Wednesday (April 7), only 18,657 doses had been administered in Taiwan, according to the Central Epidemic Command Centre.



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