Covid-19 Vaccines, Know Your Position
Updated: Dec 20, 2021
The information sourced primarily for the basis of this article is from MBIE.
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There have been a number of conversations regarding a company’s position with ensuring employees have had the vaccine. This Safety Talk outlines some of the issues and questions you may have about work and the Covid-19 vaccine.
*This information was correct as at 20/05/2021 and was sourced from Ministry of
Business New Zealand website.
Please note ‘the duty of good faith’ in employment relationships and
consultation requirements under the Health and Safety at Work Act also apply to
conversations about workplace vaccination issues.
Supporting the Vaccine
It is encouraged that the company supports their workers to access the
vaccination without workers facing costs or disadvantage. For example:
• Allow workers to access the vaccination during work hours (when available)
for themselves and their dependents, without using annual leave or losing pay.
• Provide workers with relevant and timely information from the Ministry
of Health or District Health Boards and the importance and benefits of vaccination.
• Facilitating on-site vaccination if asked to do so by Ministry of Health or District Health n n Board.
• Assist with practical barriers of accessing the vaccine (eg. transport) and any health or support concerns.
Continuation of Other Public Health Measures
The vaccine does not replace other infection prevention and control measures, such
as eliminating the risk, or minimising the risk with use of relevant PPE, cleaning and
contact tracing methods/ Covid-19 QR codes.