The New Zealand government announced Monday that the coronavirus vaccine will be mandatory for health professionals and teachers, while those who don’t will have to undergo weekly tests for COVID-19.
Health Secretary Chris Hipkins tabled the approved vaccine mandate, which will go into effect by the end of the year and which will affect thousands of workers in the education and health sectors, a decision by his cabinet made the same Monday.
With that in mind, Hipkins noted that most of these workers are already vaccinated, but this is a “necessary” measure to ensure they are all vaccinated. “We must not leave anything to chance and make it a duty,” he said, reports the news portal Stuff.
“It’s not an easy decision, but we need people working with vulnerable communities who have not yet been vaccinated to take that extra step,” added the country’s health officer, adding that institutes must also have a registry Students.
In particular, health workers who do “high risk” work must be vaccinated. This includes all health workers in places where vulnerable people are treated, such as B. Hospitals, as well as general practitioners, pharmacists and nurses, among others.
The measure is also applied in the private health sector, which includes staff in nursing homes.
December was set as the deadline for vaccination, although the consequences of non-compliance with the mandate have not yet been determined.
In total, more than 2.3 million people in New Zealand received two doses of the vaccine, representing nearly 55 percent of the population, a number that increases to 80 percent for those who received two doses.