Sumary of NZ widens jab mandate, 173 new COVID cases:
- Ben McKayAAPCamera IconNew Zealanders expect their police force to be fully vaccinated, Commissioner Andrew Coster says.
- Credit: AAPShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the LinkAfter much delay, the New Zealand government will extend its COVID-19 vaccine mandate to police and the defence force.
- “In today’s environment, the community has an expectation that our staff are protected from the virus and are fully vaccinated,” he said.
- Police vaccination rates are similar to overall community rates, with 92 per cent of police staff partially vaccinated, and 86 per cent double-dosed.
- Overall vax rates – of the population aged 12 and above – have hit 85 per cent doubled-dosed and 92 per cent partially vaccinated.
- The defence force requirement goes further than the police mandate, including civilian staff and contractors as well as armed forces.
- Defence boasts higher vaccination rates than police, with many already covered by mandates as a result of working within the quarantine regime.
- “Our defence forces can be deployed at any time to locations where they may come into contact with COVID-19,” defence minister Peeni Henare said.