WHAI IS A VACCINATION CERTIFICATE AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?
Later this year everyone in New Zealand will be able to access a scannable QR code as proof of vaccination and COVID-19 test results.
You may be required to show proof of vaccine in a range of public settings such as events, hospitality, retail, community, sport, and faith-based gatherings. This will help ensure we are reducing the risk of the virus spreading over the Summer and into next year.
WHERE CAN COVID VACCINATION CARTIFICATES (CVC’s) BE USED?
Businesses, events, organisations, community, and a range of sectors may legally implement a vaccination entry requirement for customers.
WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF REQUESTING PROOF OF VACCINATION?
The use of vaccination certificates in a domestic setting provides businesses/organisations with more certainty around when they can operate at the different framework settings and whether there are capacity restrictions. This could be an event, day-to-day operations of a café, a sports fixture or faith-based organisation.
Should a business/organisation not wish to request proof of vaccine, they will have to operate with strict limits on capacity and space requirements. They may need to close in Orange and/or Red levels.
IS THERE GUIDEANCE FOR THOSE HAVING TO VERIFY VACCINATION CERTIFICATED?
Detailed guidance is being developed for a range of sectors and we are engaging with them closely on the requirements within the framework, as well as verification of vaccines.
HOW LONG WILL VACCINATION CERTIFICATES BE IN PLACE FOR?
Proof of vaccination in New Zealand will help ensure that we are reducing the risk of the virus spreading at large gatherings and events over the Summer and into next year. It’s anticipated that the need for proof of vaccine certification when travelling internationally will be in place for years to come
AREN’T THESE VACCINATION CERTIFICATES DESCRIMINATORY?
There are very few people that are unable to get a vaccine due to medical grounds. An exemption process is in place for these people to obtain certification. For children under the age of 12, there is no requirement to show proof of vaccination.
HAS EQUITY BEEN CONSIDERED?
There are options in place for people who do not have a smartphone or access to a computer. Many local libraries have facilities where people can access the internet and printing. If you have family or friends who might not have access, see if you can help them access printing. We are also investigating how we make this available via a phone call.