A: There is not presently a law which requires an employer to grant an employee paid time off for the purpose of getting vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees can take accrued paid leave time (e.g. sick leave, vacation time) if they desire. The City of Chicago is considering an ordinance which will prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who take time off to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and fine employers who do not permit their employees to take (unpaid) time off for such purpose. The ordinance would also award reinstatement, back-pay and treble damages to employees if their employer violates the ordinance by firing the employee.