The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 requires all health and disability workers who face a high risk of exposure to COVID-19 to be vaccinated. This includes:
- health practitioners
- workers who work near health practitioners providing services to members of the public (for example, reception and administration staff in general practice, shop assistants in community pharmacies)
- workers employed or engaged by certified providers, which includes workers at a facility providing hospital care, rest home care, residential disability care or fertility services (for example, anyone working in a hospital setting such as laundry staff, orderly, administration staff, or rest home staff like kitchen and cleaning staff)
- care and support workers who are employed or engaged to carry out work that includes going to the home or place of resident of another person (including those living in the home or place of residence of a family member) to provide care and support services funded by the Ministry of Health, a DHB or ACC.
Source: Ministry of Health
Read the full list of professions regulated under the HPCA Act 2003.
25 March 2022 update to the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021
The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 has been amended to expand the recognised list of COVID-19 vaccines under Schedule 3.
Novavax has been added to the Schedule 3 as a recognised primary course vaccine. It is currently only approved for the primary vaccination course (two vaccination doses) in New Zealand, not as a booster vaccination. However, the Novavax vaccine is available as a booster on prescription from an authorised prescriber.
The following vaccines are also to be included in Schedule 3:
- Biological E. (BioE) Limited (Corbevax, BECOV2D, BECOV2A, BioE COVID-19)
- Federal Budgetary Research Institution State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology VECTOR, FBRI (EpiVacCorona-N, EpiVacCorona)
- Health Institutes of Turkey (Turkovac, ERUCOV-VAC)
- Instituto Finlay de Vacunas Cuba (Soberana 02, FINLAY-FR-2, Pasteurcovac)
- National Vaccine and Serum Institute, China (Recombinant SARS-COV-2 Vaccine (CHO Cell), NVSI-0608, Recombinant COVID-19 Vaccine (CHO cell, NVSI-06-08))
- Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, Iran (FAKHRAVAC, MIVAC)
- Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute, Iran (Rasi Cov Pars)
If a worker has received a partial or full course of any of these vaccines, then they will require an additional vaccine dose in order to be considered vaccinated in New Zealand.
For workers looking for more information about what is required to confirm their compliance and requirements with the Vaccination Order, they can contact the My Covid Record team on Phone: 0800 222 478 or Email: email@example.com.
Unvaccinated health workers
The Public Health Response (Required Testing and Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2021 states that health practitioners who conduct consultations with patients only by remote means (for example, online or by telephone) are not required to be vaccinated. This only applies to the Order and employers may still require this.