Coronavirus: latest information on the COVID-19 epidemic in the community – Friday, November 26

10:07 am – Vaccination is now mandatory for New Zealand police and New Zealand defense forces in preparation for the transition to the new COVID-19 protection framework on December 3, the Minister of Labor Relations and Security confirmed, Michael Wood.

  • With the support of the organizations, additional immunization requirements will cover sworn members, recruits and authorized officers of the New Zealand Police and all New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) personnel.
  • The first doses of the vaccine for workers in these organizations are required by January 17, 2022 and the second doses by March 1, 2022.
  • These groups are added to the list of sectors covered by immunization, which includes QIM and border work, health, education and prisons.

“Vaccination is our best tool for keeping New Zealanders safe, so we have expanded the vaccine requirements to include police, recruits and authorized New Zealand police officers, as well as the armed forces and civilian personnel from the New Zealand Defense Forces, “Wood said on Friday. .

“So many people in these organizations have been critical to our response to COVID-19 and are already fully immunized. But we want to make sure that those who serve and protect our communities on a daily basis can do so without unintentionally spreading the virus. “

The first doses will be required by January 17, 2022 and the second doses by March 1, 2022.

“We already have a very high vaccination rate in the police and it makes operational sense to require that the police, recruits and authorized officers who are in regular contact with members be vaccinated. This is to ensure the safety of the police and the community. “said Wood.

As of Fridat’s date, 92.2 percent of all police force personnel have received at least one dose and 86.5 percent are fully immunized.

“As they are often in contact with vulnerable communities, this is the best way to protect our police personnel and the public from COVID-19,” said Police Minister Poto Williams.

Defense Minister Peeni Henare said “it makes sense” that the Defense Forces are included in the mandate.

“The NZDF provides essential services to New Zealand, including assisting regional border policing and supporting the MBIE in funding MIQ facilities. It makes sense that they are included in the mandate and most of the regular forces of the NZDF are already vaccinated. Our defense forces can be deployed at any time to places where they could come into contact with COVID-19. For example, during the recent mission to Afghanistan, personnel from our defense forces assisted in the evacuation of New Zealand visa holders, some of whom had COVID.

NZDF uniformed personnel are currently 98.4 percent fully immunized and civilian personnel are 75 percent fully immunized as part of the immunization program implemented earlier this year. These rates do not include those that may have been vaccinated by the public health system.

“While a number of other sectors have requested additional immunization requirements from the government, we are not progressing them at this time. Vaccination mandates are very strict legal requirements that need to be carefully considered on the basis of a clear assessment of their rationale, ”said Wood.

“A growing proportion of the population is receiving a double dose and thousands more are vaccinated every day, and the simple vaccination assessment tool that will be available to businesses in mid-December will help streamline the process. “

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