COVID Update: Vaccination Requirements in the workplace

Yesterday afternoon, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reiterated the government’s plans to move to a new Covid-19 protection framework and also provided guidance on the new vaccination requirements in the workplace. 

Vaccination Requirements

  • Vaccination will be required for all workers at businesses where customers need to show COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates, such as hospitality and close-contact businesses.
  • Non-vaccinated workers in roles requiring vaccination will be given a new four-week notice period to get vaccinated before employment can be terminated.
  • Employers are required to provide paid time off for workers to get vaccinated and will need to keep records about workers’ vaccination status. Here is some practical guidance on how to ensure workers’ records are handled appropriately.

The government will be introducing a risk assessment process for employers to follow when deciding whether they can require vaccination for different types of work. This risk assessment will build on the guidance provided by WorkSafe, with input from public health officials, business representatives and unions. It will cover factors like whether a workplace involves interaction with customers.

For a more in-depth look at this new framework, and what it means for you, view the PDF resource here.

For information on vaccinations and how to find a vaccination location near you, check out these resources:

We’re here to support you, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with our advisory team if you would like further information on the Covid-19 restrictions and how they impact you. Give us a call on 0800 555 339 or email

Stay safe,
The HazardCo Team

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