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Covid-19 vaccination requirements at the University of Waikato

Updated: 13 December 2021

From 14 February 2022, the University of Waikato requires all staff, students and contractors to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to work and study on campus.

A Ministry of Health issued My Vaccine Pass will be accepted as evidence of appropriate vaccination or exemption. This provides certainty for everyone that the University can remain open as a safe place of study and work, no matter what level of the traffic light system we are at.

What it means for students

Where provided to us, verification of your Covid-19 vaccination (or exemption) will be held in MyWaikato, and will be held in accordance with privacy legislation.

Only students who have provided evidence of vaccination will be permitted to enrol in papers that are delivered exclusively face-to-face. Students who choose not to be vaccinated or do not wish to share their vaccination status will be able to study online where appropriate.

Under Ministry of Health mandates specific programmes require students to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to undertake internships, placements and practicums, these programmes include teaching, nursing, social work and others. More information on this mandate can be found here.

Unvaccinated students will need to work with their intended School to identify papers that can be delivered remotely. University student support services will still be available to you via online mechanisms. Please refer to the FAQs below, or contact the Student Services team if you have any questions about the vaccine requirement and what it means for you.

What it means for staff

Evidence of your Covid-19 vaccination (or exemption) will be held in Āku Mahi, and will be held in accordance with privacy legislation.

The University will engage with all staff who are yet to provide or who choose not to provide evidence of vaccination individually and in good faith. We understand that some staff have concerns related to vaccinations and we will talk with those staff to understand what their concerns are and what the impact of being unvaccinated may be on their role.

Information about our venues

As part of operating at the Orange setting of the traffic light system, vaccine passes are now required for anyone entering our campus hospitality outlets (cafes), the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, UniRec gym, the University pools, and for all external bookings of any University venue.

Accessing Student Health Services, the Hamilton campus pharmacy and Unimart do not require vaccine passes as they provide essential services.

Information for visitors

Please see the below information if you plan to visit one of our campuses or sites.

Information for all visitors

We ask all visitors to please be vigilant with your use of the contact tracing QR codes around our buildings.

Face coverings are required in the following locations:

  • All cafes/retail spaces
  • All reception areas
  • Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts (Hamilton campus)
  • Student Health Centre (Hamilton campus)
  • UniRec (Hamilton campus)
  • Tauranga campus Student Hub and social learning spaces

Face coverings are also strongly recommended indoors and in places where you can’t physically distance.

More information about our operations as part of the traffic light system can be found here.

General University business

From 14 February 2022, all visitors to our campuses and sites for general University business will need to be able to provide evidence of vaccination. We will not hold your vaccine information; however, we do ask that you confirm you are vaccinated with your University contact before coming onsite. If you are unable to provide evidence, online meetings can be accommodated.

External bookings

As above, as part of operating at the Orange setting, visitors to our campuses and sites for external bookings will need to confirm with their University contact that everyone attending the booked event has provided evidence of vaccination. We will not hold this information but it is important that you take responsibility for ensuring everyone is compliant.

Public events

Visitors to our campuses and sites for public events that are not organised by the University of Waikato, for example, Weetbix Kids TRYathlon, will need to comply with any vaccine requirements set by those event organisers.

Recreational visits

Anyone who visits our campuses and sites for recreational purposes, such as for outdoor exercise, does not need to confirm they are fully vaccinated.

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