New Zealand schools are urged to call the COPS if unvaccinated teachers show up

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Schools urged to recall COPS if unvaccinated teachers show up to work as ‘no cake, no job’ policy kicks next week

  • New Zealand educators have until Monday 15 November to get their first dose of Pfizer
  • If they go to work on Monday without getting vaccinated, they may face heavy fines
  • The New Zealand Ministry of Education has advised the school to contact the police if this happens
  • Non-browsing teachers need a valid medical exemption if they want to work on-site
  • January 1, 2022, set for teachers to receive the second Covid vaccine
  • Unvaccinated teachers will have to teach remotely without medical exemption
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New Zealand schools are being asked to contact the police if any staff appear to work without a Covid-19 vaccination next week.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Education said all early education staff and school teachers must have received their first Pfizer vaccination by Monday, November 15, or face heavy fines.

The advice, published in the ministry’s Gazette on Thursday, tells school leaders that if they, or any education staff, come to work on Monday without being vaccinated against Covid-19, they will be committing a crime.

New Zealand teachers will not be allowed to return to work from Monday 15 November if they have not been vaccinated (pictured: New Zealand vaccination) against Covid-19, or do not have or request a medical exemption in their possession, and will face fines.

The advice being given to schools follows the ‘no injections, no job’ policy enacted by the New Zealand government last month.

The employee would commit a violation if he did not receive his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and was on site on November 15. This means that they may be liable to pay a fine,’ the advice stated.

If staff came to the site after this date, we encourage school leaders to approach this in the usual manner you would have if other unsuitable people came to the site.

“If you feel your safety, or the safety of Okonga (students or students) or other staff at risk, you may consider calling the police.”

The advice also stated that a non-vaccinated person could no longer work on-site at the school without a valid medical exemption, or a written letter was sought from a physician outlining the request for exemption.

New Zealand's Ministry of Education is advising school leaders to contact the police from Monday if unvaccinated staff or staff without a medical exemption arrive at work, as they have said it threatens the health of students

New Zealand’s Ministry of Education is advising school leaders to contact the police from Monday if unvaccinated staff or staff without a medical exemption arrive at work, as they have said it threatens the health of students

Teachers have until November 15 to get their first dose of Pfizer, and until January 1, 2022 to get their second dose, according to the New Zealand Ministry of Education.

Teachers have until November 15 to get their first dose of Pfizer, and until January 1, 2022 to get their second dose, according to the New Zealand Ministry of Education.

Confusion earlier about this announcement meant that some teachers thought they could still work on site until January 1 of next year without a vaccination, when in fact they would need to receive a second vaccination by the latest.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Education has confirmed that only staff who have received the first dose of the vaccine by November 15 can work on site with students.

For more information on the New Zealand vaccination framework, click here.

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