Vaccines are free for everyone in New Zealand aged 5 and over.
A lot of the advice around vaccines refers to workers. It is important to note, in regards to vaccinations, the term “Workers” includes both paid and unpaid workers.
Vaccines are voluntary and individuals cannot be forced to have a vaccine. However, some work environments have mandated vaccination requirements. In some workplaces, a worker may need to be vaccinated to perform a specific role for health and safety reasons. This must be assessed by each organisation. WorkSafe have provided guidance on this.
From 5 April some government vaccine mandates for workers have been removed.
Workers that will still be covered by a government vaccine mandate include:
- health and disability sector workers. Roles and settings under this order are noted by the Ministry of Health.
- prison staff
- border and MIQ workers.
For a summary of things to consider in your workplace: Vaccines and employers.
My vaccine pass
From 5 April, vaccine passes are longer required. Businesses will still be able to use the system if they would like to.
Vaccination assessment tool
If your business or workplace isn’t covered by a government mandate for COVID-19 vaccination, you can choose to do a risk assessment to see if you can require work to be carried out by vaccinated workers, on health and safety grounds.
To do this, your business can either:
- do a health and safety risk assessment using a method you consider fit-for-purpose for your business (including following existing industry guidance), or
- use the vaccination assessment tool.
Key information sources
Check out the following information sites for detailed information:
- General vaccine information – Covid-19 Vaccines
- Toolkit to help workplaces, non-profit groups and other organisations to support COVID-19 vaccinations in their communities: Tool Kit
- Worksafe: Covid-19 controls at work
- Vaccines and the workplace
- Ministry of Health vaccine resources.
This guide is for people in health, science, policy and community roles who want to talk effectively about COVID-19 vaccinations to different groups of people who may be hesitant about getting vaccinated.