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.
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.
A high rate of vaccinations will help to protect staff from getting sick and passing COVID-19 onto others. Workers at our MIQ and at airports and ports are already required to be vaccinated. Exemptions may be possible under some circumstances.
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