Teachers union calls for more information before vaccine mandate

Leah Panapa 12/10/2021

LISTEN: COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has revealed a ramp up in vaccinations for healthcare and education workers, who will face a ‘no jab, no job’ very soon.

Hipkins explained health care workers - including doctors, pharmacists, paramedics, nurses, intensive care units and aged residential care workers, will need to be fully vaccinated by December 1 and have their first dose by October 30.

Lynda Stuart, principal at May Road School in Auckland and immediate past president of the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) believes teachers and students "desperately" want to be back in the classroom.

"But I think people actually have an understanding that we need to make sure people are safe," she told Magic Talk.

Teachers have a "fundamental right" to choose whether they are vaccinated or not, Stuart said.

'As a union, we will be working hard to make sure that any of our members have access to fair employment processes."

Staff at schools and early childhood centres will need to be fully vaccinated by January 1 2022 and receive their first dose by November 15. Education includes home based educators, teacher aids, administration, contractors. 

Weekly tests will be carried out if they are not double vaxxed in time, until they are.  

Secondary schools will need to keep COVID-19 registers of their students showing those who are vaccinated and those that are unvaccinated. 

Listen to the full interview with Lynda Stuart above.

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