COVID-19 related leave for Public Health Service employees

Special leave with pay for COVID-19 (SLWP) is currently used in lieu of sick leave for COVID-19. This is to assist in the prevention of the possible onward spread of COVID-19 in the work premises. The arrangements relating to SLWP are temporary and will be kept under regular review.

SLWP will only apply when you are required to self-isolate and displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

You must be either:

  • awaiting a test result; or
  • have a positive PCR test; or
  • registered a positive antigen test on the HSE portal

You should follow medical or HSE advice. Read HSE latest criteria for self-isolation.

While public health advice no longer requires testing for certain groups, you can still register positive antigen test results on the HSE portal. Healthcare workers who have symptoms should get a PCR test.

SLWP does not apply in any other scenarios.

Number of days SLWP for COVID-19

You may receive SLWP for COVID-19 for up to 10 calendar days if you are symptomatic and:

  • awaiting a test result; or
  • have a positive PCR test for COVID-19; or
  • registered a positive antigen test on the HSE portal

If you are still unwell after 10 calendar days you will move to ordinary sick leave arrangements, including a referral to Occupational Health.