Fears vaccine hesitant will misuse mandatory vaccination exemptions

Fears vaccine hesitant will misuse mandatory vaccination exemptions

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There's a grit of fear and tension surrounding the Covid-19 vaccine, and this is due to misinformation being spread by anti-vaccine groups such as Voices For Freedom or anti-vaccine activists that of Sue Grey, a lawyer who failed to contest and stop the government's Covid-19 vaccine rollout earlier in the year. With vaccination passports on the way just in time for summer, life will become more restricted for the unvaccinated.

Under the Covid Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 (Clause 12A), an upcoming exemption (exception) process for mandatory vaccinations starting on November 15 for the health and disability, education and corrections sectors could be misused by those eligible to roll up their sleeves and take the jab.

Anti-vaccine groups, as of late, have been attempting to take the government to Court once again as part of a High Court case at Wellington's High Court to prevent ‘no jab, no job' measures from being implemented. They do webinars via Zoom conference weekly to influence a large population by spreading dis/misinformation surrounding vaccines and promote vaccine hesitancy.

People are recommended to see and talk to their GP about the Covid-19 vaccine before booking it to understand real facts and not those that come from bogus internet sleuths looking to grift innocent people into believing mistruths.

Most New Zealanders outside of these sectors are not required by law to be vaccinated at this point. However, It is strongly recommended that people in the workforce take it to prevent severe illness if they were to contract the virus and want to stay in a job. Taking the vaccine reduces the risk of being hospitalised.

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The sectors are critical workforces and at risk of passing the virus on to vulnerable groups, they work with every day, including their families and members of the wider community. Complete protection will be required across the nation to continue the successful management of the virus.

All general practitioners and pharmacists, community health nurses, midwives, including paramedics and healthcare workers in contact with vulnerable patients being treated or in intensive care units, aged residential care, and home and community support workers have to receive their first dose of the vaccine by 11.59pm on November 15, 2021. They must receive their second dose by 11.59pm on January 1, 2022.

For all staff working in prisons, health care staff in prisons, psychologists in prisons and out within the community, contracted providers, or those who provide services in prisons have to receive their first dose of the vaccine by 11.59pm on November 6 2021. They must receive their second dose by 11.59pm on December 8, 2021.

Teachers working in education, including a volunteer worker or an unpaid worker who may have contact with children or students, at an education service where children or students are present have to receive their first dose of the vaccine by 11.59pm on November 15, 2021. They must receive their second dose by 11.59pm on January 1, 2022.

The mandatory order for the above sector does not include tertiary institutions or people that work within them. It also does not include workers at playgroups that facilitate children's play.

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If a worker applies for an exemption, it all comes down to their general practitioner examining them and making an assessment for exemption. Whether the Minister for Covid-19 Response is satisfied and decides if an exception should be granted also applies.

The GP must notify and provide written confirmation of their exemption if it is acceptable.

The exempted person conducting a business or undertaking work must ensure appropriate control measures to mitigate any risk of the virus spreading and provide the details on request to the Ministry of Health.

Workers cannot exempt themselves, even if they are suitably qualified as health practitioners.

Acceptable clinical reasons for exemption will be made available from The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, the Immunisation Advisory Centre, and the Ministry of Health.

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The government is ensuring everyone carrying out the work is to get vaccinated by the set-out deadlines in accordance with mandatory vaccinations.

The vaccine is very safe and effective and outweighs the risks of catching the virus. Exemptions will only be given out on a rare basis if the applicant has a relevant medical condition.

Medical evidence to date suggests that there are only very rare circumstances where a person is clinically unable to receive the on-supply Pfizer vaccination because it is not a live vaccine.

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As part of the mandatory vaccination order, My Covid Record vaccination passport system will significantly allow access to certain businesses — imposing more restrictions on unvaccinated persons in late November this year.

Vaccination passports prove that someone is vaccinated against the virus to prevent greater variants emerging from the unvaccinated.

It is one of the reasons why workers in the field of high-risk work managing the Covid-19 virus should get vaccinated to continue working while also being able to experience a sense of privilege without limitations that the pre-Covid world had.

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