Each District Health Board around New Zealand is rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine and you may have seen pop-up drive-through vaccine centres in your area.
'Evidence currently shows the effectiveness of 2 doses of the Pfizer vaccine against illness due to Delta infection is about 88%, and the protection against hospitalisation due to Delta infection about 96%.'
Essential construction workers such as plumbers, electricians, glaziers and roofers (who could be called out for emergency work in Alert Level 4) can utilise the pop-up drive-through vaccine centres and do not require any prior bookings.
You can find more information about regional vaccine centres here.
The COVID-19 Standard for New Zealand Construction Operations document includes the following requirement ‘Vaccinations are now widely available for most New Zealand workers. Businesses should ensure that their workers understand the importance of vaccination as a prime protection against becoming severely ill because of the virus.’
If you are an employer of a small/medium specialist trade and would prefer to arrange a work bubble group vaccine, email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine here.
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