An amendment to the Covid 19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2022 came into force on 23 January. The amendment included the requirement for booster vaccinations to be considered fully vaccinated for people who work in mandated sectors, including health and disability.
The Ministry of Health has updated their information to include the requirements. Health and disability workers are required to have their booster dose by the 15 February if they are eligible. This was deadline was extended to 11.59pm 24 February on the 15 February.
The Vaccinations Order mandates that a booster dose is required by six months (183 days) from the end of the primary vaccination course. If the mandated date of the booster dose for your workforce falls before the date the vaccine booster shot is due (which is six months after completion of your primary course), there is no requirement to get the booster until the six-month threshold is met. However, it is recommended that those eligible for a vaccine booster shot four months after the completion of their primary vaccine course should take the opportunity for an earlier dose, rather than wait the full six months.
You must be 18 years or older to receive a booster dose. If you have people who work for you, who are under 18 years old and have had their primary vaccination course, they are able to continue to work.
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