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Tarrant County COVID-19 sick pay now only for workers who have been vaccinated

Tarrant County COVID-19 sick pay now only for workers who have been vaccinated

Tarrant County officials said it is currently difficult to keep offices open with so many staff members sick.

But the extended sickness benefit of the province simply cannot continue.

There is an ongoing debate behind a major policy change for workers in Tarrant County.

“If I stay home, I don’t get paid. I don’t feel well, but I have to be paid,” Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Brooks said Tuesday.

The debate is about taking away the extra 10 days of paid leave the province has granted to employees who get COVID-19, or revising the guidelines.

“At some point we have to stop doing this. We have to stop giving time away,” said Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley.

Whitley and the committee agreed on a compromise.

“I agreed to extend and give them five days, but not 10, as we’ve done in the past. But five days, as long as they got vaccinated, as long as they got the vaccine,” Whitley said. .

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Tarrant County currently has 4,482 employees, including full-time and temporary employees.

To date, the county has no official records of how many have been vaccinated, but the compromise would require workers to provide proof of vaccination or a valid waiver to qualify for the extended leave.

According to Judge Whitley, a serious challenge amid the latest wave of the ommicron variant of the virus is maintaining provincial operations.

“I spoke to our tax inspector this morning, she has some, over 50 people, who are currently working outside of 186 in our various offices there,” he explained. “She says some of them have had it multiple times and so they took advantage of the time off, which we want them to take advantage of, but they’re still not vaccinated.”

Whitley said he is hopeful that the changes made with COVID-related leave will encourage those who have not yet been vaccinated to get the vaccine.

“I still felt it was time for some people to take some responsibility, and if I’m going to give them five extra days…I thought it was appropriate to demand that they get the vaccine,” he added. .