COVID-19 vaccine – internal communication

COVID-19 vaccine – internal communication

Having a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine and a robust vaccine rollout are an essential part of how we protect New Zealanders and our Pacific neighbours from COVID-19.

New Zealand’s first batch of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine recently arrived on our shores and as the rollout beings, both employers and employees will have many questions about the COVID-19 vaccination.

Recently we had a chat with the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce about how employers can talk to their teams about the rollout and limit the spread of misinformation. You can read it here.

Vaccine progress

The Government’s priority for the COVID-19 vaccine is border workers and managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) workers. These vaccines have now started.

This includes cleaners, nurses who do health checks at MIQ, security staff, custom and border officials, airline staff, and hotel workers. Household contacts will follow after this. Healthcare and essential workers and those most at risk from COVID-19 will follow in the second quarter. The wider population will be vaccinated in the second half of the year.

While the COVID-19 vaccine is free and voluntary for the general public, some sectors may mandate that their employees are vaccinated. For example, if you’re employed as a cleaner working at a MIQ facility.