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Government Ordered Mandatory Vaccinations

Updated: 10 November 2021

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On 11 October 2021 the Government announced that workers in the education, health and disability and corrections sectors must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.  The extended Covid-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2021 (“the Order”) came into effect at 11:59pm on 25 October 2021 confirming:

  • People working in the education and health and disability sectors (employed or voluntary, private and public) must receive their first dose of the vaccine by 11.59pm on 15 November 2021 and they must receive their second dose by 1 January 2022.
  • Any corrections workers (employed or voluntary, private and public) who fall under these roles must receive their first dose of the vaccine by 11.59pm on 6 November 2021 and they must receive their second dose by 11.59pm 8 December 2021.

For our University staff, including Honorary members, and independent contractors that means anyone engaging with external communities, covered by the Order, on behalf of the University.

Based on this information, there will be a number of staff, Honorary members and independent contractors that will be required to be vaccinated due to the nature of their role.

The reason for this mandate is that the health and disability, education and correctional workforces are all at particular risk of being infected with Covid-19, and of passing it on to vulnerable groups they work with, as well as whānau and members of the wider community. It is critical for key sectors to be vaccinated. While most people in these sectors have already been vaccinated, complete protection across these sectors is critical to the country’s successful management of Covid-19.


Frequently Asked Questions – Mandatory Vaccinations

Help and support

We understand that deciding whether or not to be vaccinated against Covid-19 is a personal and often complex decision.  We also realise that this may be an unsettling time for you.  Our staff members are reminded that free, confidential counselling and support is available to you. You can contact our Employee Assistance Provider, Benestar on 0800 360 364.

Our independent contractors can seek free, confidential counselling and support through the Mental Health Foundation here.


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