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Education Sector: Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccinations

Oct 15, 2021

October 15 2021 (Please see updated advice dated 11 November 2021)

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR TEACHERS: The Government has mandated that only staff and support people who are vaccinated can have contact with children and students from 1 January 2022. This includes home-based educators. Please make sure you take appropriate action – there is a “Super Saturday” vaccination event across the country on Saturday 16 October, see Super Saturday: Get vaccinated | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz)

Full text from Education sector vaccinations | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz) follows: “Only staff and support people who are vaccinated can have contact with children and students from 1 January 2022. From 1 January 2022, schools and early learning services and providers will need to maintain a register, and ensure only vaccinated staff and support people have contact with children and students. They need to have their first dose by 15 November. This includes home-based educators, and all those support people in our schools and early learning services such as teacher-aides, administration and maintenance staff and contractors. Secondary schools and kura will also be required to keep a COVID-19 vaccination register for students. Students that do not produce evidence of vaccination will be considered unvaccinated. All school employees in Auckland and other Alert Level 3 regions will be required to return a negative COVID-19 test result before they can return to work onsite. Those who are not fully vaccinated in the period leading up to 1 January 2022 will be required to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. Work is continuing on whether mandatory vaccinations will be required in the tertiary education sector.” 

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