DOES THE CPF INCLUDE THE REQUIREMENT TO SHARE YOUR VACCINATION STATUS?

Yes, sometimes you may have to share your vaccination status to take part in specific activities. Part of life going forward means controlling transmission of the virus to keep New Zealand as COVID-19 free as possible. Our best defence to achieve that is having as many people vaccinated as possible.

We also need to ensure that a wide range of environments including events or large gatherings (concerts, festivals and sports competitions), and hospitality can go ahead without becoming possible COVID-19 super-spreader incidents. To enjoy the freedoms that the COVID-19 Protection Framework provides New Zealanders need to be vaccinated and be prepared to share their vaccination status.

WILL YOU HAVE TO SHOW A COVID-19 VACCINATION CERTIFICATE (CVC) TO USE ESSENTIAL SERVICES?

No. You will be able to access essential services, including, supermarkets, pharmacies, hospitals and other life-preserving services without needing to present a CVC. Individual businesses may implement their own requirements, but the legislation will clearly exempt essential services from preventing entry to anyone based on their vaccination status or needing to present a CVC.

WHAT IS BEING DONE TO SUPPORT MĀORI AND PACIFIC (OR VULNERABLE) COMMUNITITES TO GET VACCINATED?

The Government is providing an additional $120 million to lift Māori vaccination rates. The Ministry of Health vaccination programme includes support and information for Māori, Pacifica, rural, and disabled people.

Karawhiua is a unifying campaign for whānau, hapū, iwi, and Māori communities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 through vaccination. Karawhiua is led by Te Puni Kōkiri, co-delivered by Te Hiringa Hauora and supported by the Ministry of Health and the Unite Against COVID-19 teams. Similarly, a support team is assisting disabled people to access vaccinations and providing advice and transport coordination for people with disabilities.

WHAT APPROACH ARE YOU TAKING FOR HARD-TO-REACH COMMUNITIES?

The needs of vulnerable whānau are complex, and holistic services needs to be considered and implemented. The diversity of communities has meant that a wide range of strategies and tactics have been employed to ensure everyone has access to vaccination services.

A range of initiatives are currently being delivered to address the needs of vulnerable and hard-to-reach whānau. MoH have partnered up with Oranga Tamariki to support access to vaccination for children in care. 

Transitional housing and homelessness is another area where targeted pieces of work are done in conjunction with city missions and community providers. MoH are working with whānau who have lived experiences of long-term trauma. To meet the needs of these communities MoH are facilitating access to those families through advocacy of subject matter experts and respected community leaders.

WILL CHILDREN BE ALLOWED TO ACCESS VACCINATED-ONLY EVENTS OR PLACES IF THEY ARE UNVACCINATED?

Yes. Requirements only apply to people 12 years and 3 months old and above. Anyone under this age will not be required to be present a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate.

IS THE 90% MILESTONE FULLY VACCINATED OR FULLY IMMUNISED?

The milestone is 90% fully vaccinated, which is 90% of eligible people have had two doses of the vaccine.