COVID-19 Update – Mandatory Vaccinations for Health Workers

Little has changed after today’s post-cabinet press conference. Auckland will stay at Alert Level 3 for another week, this will be reviewed next Monday.

Waikato will stay in Level 3 until 11.59pm Thursday 14 October, a move down will be confirmed if it's safe to do so. Northland will also remain in Alert Level 3 for a further three days until 11.59pm Thursday, October 14. Cabinet will review the settings on Wednesday.

New Zealand is at its "trickiest and most challenging" moment in the pandemic, Ardern said. Which is why restrictions need to be maintained until vaccination levels are increased.

Cabinet has also decided that vaccinations will be mandatory for large numbers of the health and education work forces.

High-risk workers in the health and disability sector must be fully vaccinated by December 1, 2021, and must receive their first dose by October 30. 

This covers GPs, pharmacists, community health nurses, midwives, paramedics and all healthcare workers in sites where patients are treated.

It also includes aged residential care workers, home and community support services, kaupapa Māori health providers and Non-Government Organisations that provide health services. A full list will be released this week. 

"While most people working in these sectors are already fully or partially vaccinated we can’t leave anything to chance and are making it mandatory,” said COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins.

With experts noting that it won’t be until the end of the week before cases infected after pandemic restrictions were eased in Auckland appear in the daily case numbers, there is fear that the region still won’t be any more open next week.

A push to get Kiwis vaccinated is really the only way back to any sort of normality.