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Go Utah helping small businesses with new vaccination grant

Go Utah has announced a new grant to help small businesses pay employees for time off related to the COVID-19 vaccine. $500,000 in CARES Act funds are available for businesses to pay employees for the time allocated for getting the shot or for time off related to any side effects.The Small Business Employee Vaccination Grant program is managed by the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity, which is also known as Go Utah.


The grant offers employers reimbursement to provide paid time off for employees who are otherwise not eligible for the paid time off. This usually also includes non-benefited hourly workers. Grant money can be used for both full-time and part-time employees.


To be eligible for the program, businesses must have less than 50 full-time employees who work 40 hours or more per week and one or more employees who will receive paid time off to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or take time off due to side effects. The grant will reimburse eligible employers up to 20 hours per employee.

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!