Vaccine information for workers

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

Vaccines and your job

COVID-19 vaccination is free and available to everyone in Aotearoa aged 12 and over. The vaccine helps protect you, your whānau and your workmates.

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.

Workers at the border and in managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) settings are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Sectors that have mandatory vaccinations include:

  • health and disability
  • education
  • correctional.

Mandatory vaccinations for workers

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 for proof of vaccination. In most situations, providing them with this information is voluntary (the exception being if you are required to be vaccinated as part of an Order).

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.

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