N.Y. Civil Service Law Section 159-C
Leave time for COVID-19 vaccination


Every public officer, employee of this state, employee of any county, employee of any community college, employee of any public authority, employee of any public benefit corporation, employee of any board of cooperative educational services (BOCES), employee of any vocational education and extension board, or a school district enumerated in section one of chapter five hundred sixty-six of the laws of nineteen hundred sixty-seven, employee of any municipality, employee of any school district or any employee of a participating employer in the New York state and local employees’ retirement system or any employee of a participating employer in the New York state teachers’ retirement system shall be entitled to absent himself or herself and shall be deemed to have a paid leave of absence from his or her duties or service for a sufficient period of time, not to exceed four hours per vaccine injection, unless such officer or employee shall receive a greater number of hours pursuant to a collectively bargained agreement or as otherwise authorized by the employer, to be vaccinated for COVID-19.


The entire period of the leave of absence granted pursuant to this section shall be excused leave and shall not be charged against any other leave such public officer or employee is otherwise entitled to.


Nothing in this section shall be deemed to impede, infringe, diminish or impair the rights of a public employee or employer under any law, rule, regulation or collectively negotiated agreement, or the rights and benefits which accrue to employees through collective bargaining agreements, or otherwise diminish the integrity of the existing collective bargaining agreement. * NB There are 2 § 159-c’s * NB Repealed December 31, 2023

Source: Section 159-C — Leave time for COVID-19 vaccination, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/CVS/159-C (updated Jul. 1, 2022; accessed Nov. 25, 2023).

Nov. 25, 2023

Last modified:
Jul. 1, 2022

§ 159-C’s source at nysenate​.gov

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