Arvida Group says new workers have to provide proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

Arvida Group says new workers have to provide proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

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Arvida Group has enforced compulsory COVID-19 vaccinations, right after the job interview for newbies. The company is New Zealand’s largest retirement village operators.

A goal of protecting roughly 5,000 residents in 32 facilities around the country is the reason for a ‘compulsory’ vaccination for future workers who join the job.

The company did not state if it would be vaccinating its residents — only newbies and current employees.

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Contracts of the company can include a clause making the job offer ensure an applicant has provided proof of vaccination.

A reminder and reality check is that vaccinations are not actually compulsory in the real world. Companies can make a choice to mandate them, however.

Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield mentioned in a press briefing on Wednesday that the Ministry of Health is setting its focus on ‘giving access’ to a vaccine and that over time, people may gradually wish to take it.

“Our aim would to have had every New Zealander able to access the Vaccine[s] before the end of the calendar year,” said Dr Bloomfield.

Image: SUPPLIED/Aria Park (Retirement Village in Auckland)

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Compulsory vaccines to work? How many other businesses will follow suit? How many people will have to look for a new job if they choose to not vaccinate? What’s the flow on effect?