COVID Booster Incentive Leave

Executive Order #257 -“Establishing an Incentive Program to Encourage State Employees to Receive Their COVID-19 Booster Shot” 
The COVID-19 booster shot incentive leave program provides a day of leave for eligible staff  who have a COVID-19 booster shot by August 31, 2022.  

The key policy provisions include: 

  • Receiving a booster shot is entirely voluntary; employees are not required to participate in this program. 
  • Eight hours of paid leave is available to employees (SHRA and EHRA non-faculty staff and leave-earning faculty) who receive their COVID-19 booster shot on or before August 31, 2022. 
  • Probationary, time-limited, and permanent employees are eligible for this leave; however, temporary employees are not eligible. The leave is prorated for part-time employees 
  • New employees hired after the date of implementation of this policy are also eligible as long as they meet all other requirements. 
  • The leave is available only for the first booster shot received (2nd booster shots are not eligible). 
  • Consistent with other types of leave, supervisory approval is needed before employees may use the leave. 
  • This leave is not paid out upon separation. 
  • This leave is not transferable to another state agency/university. The leave will expire as of March 31, 2023 and will not be paid out. 


To participate in this leave program, employees should complete the secure form and upload their proof of vaccination available here:  

Confirmation of COVID-19 Vaccination/Booster Shot 

NC OSHR Policy

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