The Ministry of Health has announced today that an amendment will be made to the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 which proposes that a new set of workers in the health and disability sector will be required to be fully vaccinated by 1 December 2021.
Vaccination is already mandatory for high-risk roles (including health worker roles) in border, MIF and MIQ settings. This amendment seeks to extend that requirement so that certain roles in the health and disability sector are also covered by this order, including:
Under these new amendments it’s likely that any health and disability workers who fall under the categories above must receive their first dose of the vaccine by 30 October 2021 and their second dose by 1 December 2021. Further details about the criteria for this amended order will be released in due course.
Vaccination remains our strongest and most effective tool to protect against infection and disease, and we want to thank everybody who has helped New Zealand reach such a high rate of voluntary vaccination among its health and disability workers. We will be working closely with the sector and unions to put together an implementation plan to help increase the vaccination rate further.