COVID-19 Vaccine mandate FAQs for members

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Should you have a medical reason for not being vaccinated against Covid-19 and/or be concerned about termination of your employment being under consideration by your employer please contact NZNO for advice or support on 0800 28 38 48.


COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021

On 22 October 2021, the Government updated the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order to require certain roles in the health care and education workforces to be filled by people who have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 15 November 2021 and a second dose by 1 January 2022. In addition, the Order requires certain roles in prisons, including those carried out by NZNO members, to be filled by people who have received a first dose by 6 November 2021 and a second dose by 8 December 2021.

NZNO supports the government’s policy of requiring health care workers to be vaccinated. Most health care workers are already vaccinated, and this order will provide reassurance and certainty to both health care workers and the public accessing health care services.

The safety and wellbeing of health care workers is the key to overcoming the Covid-19 crisis and high levels of community vaccination will also help keep NZNO members safe.

For clarity, a mandatory vaccination order simply means the Government has decided that Covid-19 vaccination is essential for people filling the affected roles. It does not mean that anyone can be forced to get a vaccine.

It is NZNO’s view that members who are covered by the Order and decline the vaccine are potentially putting their jobs at risk. Being vaccinated is becoming a legal expectation of health care workers. Based on recent case law, NZNO does not see a wide range of options for members who choose not to be vaccinated for reasons other than any legal exemption.