New Zealand has made COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for teachers and health workers. This was announced by a minister on Monday.
High-risk workers in the health and disability sector need to be fully immunized by December 1 and have their first dose by October 30, COVID-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said in a statement.
According to Hipkins, school and early education staff and those in contact with children and students are to be fully vaccinated by January 1, 2022 and their first dose by November 15, Xinhua news agency reported.
This will reassure those who are concerned about their children going to school and early education services, he said. A waiver may be possible in some circumstances.
The minister said the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccination) Order 2021 will be updated so that anyone with high-risk work in the health and disability sector can be fully vaccinated by December 1.
Under these new requirements, general practitioners, pharmacists, community health nurses, paramedics and all healthcare workers at sites where vulnerable patients are treated must receive their first dose of vaccine by October 30.
Those who have not been fully vaccinated in the period up to January 1, 2022 will also have to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing, he said.
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