As you might be aware, the Government announced that it will be expanding the scope of the Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021.
What this means for students
Following this announcement, a list has been created naming all courses which require students to be fully vaccinated to be able to enrol to. You can find them here under ‘UC Programmes with vaccination requirement’.
What this means for staff
The two key expansions that are affected by the latest Government announcement were:
- High-risk workers in the health and disability sector will need to receive their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by 30 October 2021 and be fully vaccinated by 1 December 2021. This includes general practitioners, pharmacists, community health nurses, midwives, paramedics and all healthcare workers in sites where vulnerable patients are treated. It also includes non-regulated healthcare work, such as aged residential care, home and community support services, kaupapa Māori providers and non-government organisations who provide health services.
- School and early learning staff and support people who have contact with children and students will need to receive their first dose of the vaccine by 15 November 2021 and be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022. This includes home-based educators and all those support people in schools and early learning services such as teacher-aides, administration and maintenance staff and contractors.
At this stage there are some grey areas as to whether certain duties and roles will be covered by the mandatory order. The Government has not provided further detail on this yet and as soon as they do, we will provide more clarity.
Due to the tight timeframes, People and Culture need to proceed whilst awaiting further details. The first step is to identify staff members who are both clearly covered and may be covered by the mandatory order for some or all of their work. If this is affecting you and your role, you will receive an email from People and Culture in the next few days with further information.
There will be further information and updates once the Government provides clearer information on how the mandate is affecting tertiary education.