Saskatchewan legislation that allows employees time off to get vaccinated against COVID-19 does not apply to parents or guardians who take children for vaccinations, the government clarified Thursday.
The legislation was amended in March 2021 and allows employees to take up to three consecutive hours of paid time off to get vaccinated.
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When asked during a COVID-19 update if this policy applied to parents vaccinating their children, Prime Minister Scott Moe said he was not sure.
A spokesperson later clarified that the policy does not apply to parents at this time.
Medical Health Director Dr. Saqib Shahab said he believes employers should support parents in getting their children vaccinated.
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Global News spoke with families outside of the COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Saskatoon and Regina on Wednesday.
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A pair of parents told Global News they were having a hard time getting away from work or taking time off so they could take their children to vaccinate.
Moe estimated that as of Thursday morning, 16,000 vaccination appointments had been made for children ages 5 to 11.
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