- Familiarise yourself with the COVID-19 Protection Framework - The Government has announced the next stage of the COVID-19 response plan and you’ll want to familiarise yourself
- Modify your COVID-19 safety plan - modify existing plans according to framework changes.
- Learn from Industry experience - we will be providing links to webinars and video updates from business and industry. You can watch a replay of the MBIE and MOH Vaccine Webinar here https://mbie.zoom.us/rec/share Access password s$9hLMy$
November 23- the free NZ Pass Verifier app to scan and verify My Vaccine Passes now available to download from the Apple and Google Play app stores today.
November 29– Cabinet will confirm which traffic light system areas of the country will be moved too from 11:59 on 2nd Dec. It has been confirmed that Auckland will move straight to red and no area will be at green on this date. Booster jabs are able to be booked for those that were double vaccinated over 6 months ago.
December 2- At 11:59pm, all of New Zealand will move to the COVID-19 Protection Framework. Auckland will move to Red. Settings for the rest of New Zealand are yet to be decided on.
December 15– People travelling out of Auckland will need to be fully vaccinated, or have a negative test 72 hours prior to departure, to leave Auckland and visit other parts of the country. This requirement will remain in place during the core summer period, until 17 January 2022.
January 17 2022 - All workers covered by the My Vaccine Pass mandate need to be fully vaccinated by this date to continue to work.
- Operational Guidance - Alert level 2
- Operational Guidance - COVID-19 Protection Framework
Technical guidance for NZ Pass Verifier is available on the Ministry of Health website and additional guidance for businesses using the verifier under the COVID Protection Framework will be out later this week. People will also be able to call 0800 800606 for assistance.
How to enforce the vax certificate process:
Official guidance on this is yet to be released but business.govt.nz has advised that customers who want to enter a business which requires the My Vaccine Pass are obligated to provide their My Vaccine Pass to be scanned, when asked. Businesses cannot accept a purple vaccination card or vaccination confirmation letter as proof of vaccination status.
How to check international vax certificates:
Official guidance on this is yet to be released but the Government has advised international passes cannot be scanned on the My Pass Verifier App.
If you have received your COVID vaccinations overseas, please contact the Ministry of Health to have your vaccination record from overseas added to New Zealand’s COVID Immunisation Register (CIR). You need to do this before you can get My Vaccine Pass. Your vaccination record and evidence above must be in English or translated into English prior to applying. More on the Ministry of Health website here.
Vaccine Assessment Tool
A new Vaccine Assessment Tool to help businesses assess whether they should be requiring workers to be vaccinated will be available from mid-December. It builds on guidance and advice from workSafe, public health agencies, Business New Zealand and the Council of Trade Unions.
It has four criteria, at least three of which must be met before a business can require vaccination:
- Workers are in an area with less than 100m2 indoor space
- Workers work less than 1m apart from other people
- Workers are routinely near others for more than 15 minutes
- That the workers provide services to people vulnerable to COVID-19
The tool won’t override risk assessments that businesses have already done under the existing health and safety guidelines. Businesses can choose which one they use, and any assessments done to date remain valid.
Employment Legislation to be passed urgently this week
Legislation allowing the Vaccine Assessment Tool to be created, as well as introducing four weeks’ paid notice of termination and paid time off to get vaccinated, will be passed under urgency this week. This legislation will come into effect the day after it is passed.
The Tool will then be available for businesses to use once regulations are made in mid-December under the amended law.