Czech government proposes extra paid leave for vaccinated

The EU executive and the Czech Republic are locked in a dispute over what the former calls Prime Minister Andrej Babis’ conflict of interest due to his control of the Agrofert holding. [ EPA-EFE/MARTIN DIVISEK]

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said on Wednesday that he will propose to his government that all employees working in the state administration, including ministry employees, teachers or policemen, who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, would receive two extra days paid leave.

Babiš said the cabinet wished to motivate people to get the vaccine, recently introducing prizes and competitions for people who get vaccinated in the new “no registration needed” inoculation centres in big cities.

The PM said the government would call on all ministers to grant two days off to all employees who showed a COVID-19 certificate. This would include all of those who have been vaccinated since January. He recommended that regions, municipalities and companies follow suit.

However, as economist Lukáš Kovanda tweeted, this “bonus” would cost the Czech economy more than €800 million.

Interest in the vaccine in dwindling with 4.5 million of 10.5 million now being fully vaccinated and about half of population having so far expressed interest in the jab. As a result, the pace of Czechia’s vaccination campaign is slightly below average compared to the rest of Europe.

(Ondřej Plevák | EURACTIV.cz)

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