New Zealand announces vaccine mandates for health and education workers

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New Zealand officials announced on Monday that COVID-19 vaccines would soon be mandatory for most workers in the education and health sectors.

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why it matters: The country is battling an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant, with the Auckland epicenter. NZ’s most populous city has been under lockdown restrictions since August.

  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced earlier this month that her government was ending its eradication strategy, which proved successful before Delta arrived, and is raising vaccination rates.

big picture: COVID-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said in a briefing Health workers, including doctors, community nurses and pharmacists, must be fully vaccinated by December, mandated Monday.

  • Education workers, including teachers and parents who regularly volunteer in schools, have until January.
  • Health and education group Welcoming the announcement with the President of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners Samantha Merton is calling it To call an “adventure, but necessary.”
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By numbers: The goal of the New Zealand government is to achieve 90% Vaccination Rate by Christmas.

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