As the vaccination programme rolls out across the country, Employment New
Zealand has released guidelines to help you understand your role as an employer in
the vaccination process. Employers can visit their website for more detailed information, or
this one-page PDF is quite helpful.
In brief, here are some ‘rules’
- Employers can provide staff with the official Government COVID-19 vaccination information.
- Employers cannot require a person to be vaccinated. However, a specific role might need to be carried out by a person who is vaccinated. In that case, you’ll need to carry out a health and safety assessment.
- You should not argue with employees about why they might choose not to be vaccinated or be unable to receive a vaccine.
- Immunisation status is not a valid reason to dismiss someone; Employment NZ notes that “individual dismissals are unlikely to be justifiable in almost all cases.”
Keep up to date with official advice
Watch for updates from the Government as the COVID-19 vaccinations reach more
groups within New Zealand. You can find the latest information about the vaccine