Vaccine information for workers

Your rights as an employee when you get the COVID-19 vaccination.

Vaccines and your job

The Pfizer vaccine is free and will be available to everyone in Aotearoa aged 12 and over. The vaccine helps protect you, your whānau and your workmates.

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary for most people in New Zealand. Anyone who works in high-risk border or managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) settings legally must be vaccinated.

If you need support to get vaccinated — for example, taking time off to get your vaccination — talk to your employer.

Getting the vaccine

Your employer cannot ask you to get a vaccine, unless there are health and safety reasons you need it for your job. If there is a high risk of exposure to COVID-19, then employers can decide that certain work must be done by vaccinated workers.

To determine this, your employer will need to assess the COVID-19 exposure risk in consultation with you. If it is found that certain work can only be done by vaccinated workers, then your employer must allow you reasonable time to get vaccinated.

Anyone who works in high-risk border or managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) settings legally must be vaccinated.

Border and MIQ worker vaccinations

If you have any medical concerns about getting the vaccine, talk to your doctor.

Some workplaces may take part in workplace vaccinations as part of the vaccine rollout. If your employer is eligible, they will let you know when they will be offering employee vaccinations. You may be able to get your vaccination through your workplace.

Your privacy

Your employer may ask you if you have been vaccinated, but you do not have to share your vaccination status with your employer.

Your employer cannot discriminate against you if you choose not to get vaccinated.

If you do tell your employer about your vaccination status, they must keep this information private.

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

Once you are fully vaccinated, you are far less likely to fall seriously ill and less likely to transmit the virus to others.

It is still important to keep doing all the things you have been doing to stop the spread of COVID-19. Scan in, wash or sanitise your hands, and regularly clean and disinfect surfaces.

Simple steps to slow the spread of the virus

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