Vaccine passports, the end of the Auckland Border and a traffic light system
18 November 2021
People who are fully vaccinated can now request a My Vaccine Pass through My Covid Record.
The pass is an official record of a person’s Covid-19 vaccination status and will provide access to places within New Zealand that require proof of vaccination under the new Covid-19 protection framework.
In the workplace
There is now a government mandate in place for some public-facing sectors and businesses requiring their staff to be vaccinated. Click here for more info.
For other businesses, the industry is awaiting clarity on how they can operate and whether or not they can require their staff to be vaccinated. It is anticipated that government will bring in legislation in early December that will provide a framework for businesses to conduct a risk assessment to determine whether they need their employees to be fully vaccinated.
Now is a good time to revisit workplace contingency plans for the possibility that Covid-19 is found in your workplace.
Traffic light system
On Monday 29 November, the government will announce when all of New Zealand will move from the current Covid Alert Level system to the new traffic light system. The change is part of the government’s new Covid-19 Protection Framework.
Click here for information about the Covid-19 Protection Framework
Click here for a summary PDF
The government has confirmed that the alert level boundary around Auckland will be removed from Wednesday 15 December.
From that date, people travelling out of Auckland will have to be either fully vaccinated or have had a negative test within 72 hours of departure. This requirement will be in place for the core summer period between 15 December and 17 January.
Essentially, everyone will be in the same boat to move in and out of Auckland from 15 December, and the ‘essential worker’ status goes. That is, everyone will need to have been doubled vaccinated or return a negative test within 72 hours of travelling.
Travellers taking a ferry between Wellington and Picton will also be required to show proof of vaccination, or a negative Covid test.