Health workers and teachers from New Zealand will now be affected by the new COVID-19 protocols announced today.
The “no jab, no job” policy is a move to contain the spread of the pandemic.
“We can’t leave anything to chance so that’s why we are making it mandatory,” said COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins.
The new guidelines now require doctors, nurses and other health workers to receive their two jabs by December 1, 2021.
Individuals working in the education sector are also mandated to receive their two doses by January 1, 2022.
Meanwhile, secondary schools will keep a record indicating the vaccination status of their students.
“Vaccination remains our strongest and most effective tool to protect against infection and disease,” Hipkins said.
So far, the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners has supported compulsory vaccination.
President Samantha Murton has also recounted it as a “bold, but necessary call.”
New Zealand has recorded 4,659 coronavirus cases, 28 deaths and 4,162 recoveries since the pandemic began.
By Everlyne Bosibori