Anyone carrying out high-risk work in the health and disability sector must now be fully vaccinated by 1 December 2021.
From 1 January 2022, schools and early learning services and providers will need to maintain a register, and ensure only vaccinated staff and support people have contact with children and students. They need to have their first dose by 15 November.
This includes home-based educators, and all those support people in our schools and early learning services such as teacher-aides, administration and maintenance staff and contractors.
Northland will stay at Alert Level 3 for a further three days until at least 11:59pm, Thursday 14 October. Cabinet will review these settings on Wednesday.
People in Northland showing any symptoms of COVID-19, even if mild, are encouraged to come forward and get a test. This will provide assurance there are no undetected cases are present in the community.
The two most important things Northlanders can do to return to Level 2 are get tested and get vaccinated.
Auckland will remain at Alert Level 3, Step 1 for a week until at least 11:59pm, Monday 18 October. Cabinet will review this decision next Monday.
Schools will not open on Monday 18 October and further public health advice will be provided next week. Instead, distance learning will recommence at the beginning of Term 4.
Waikato will remain in Alert Level 3 until at least 11.59pm, Thursday 14 October.
People are asked to continue monitoring and to get tested if showing any symptoms. This is still a time to be vigilant.
Waikato had the largest increase in vaccinations of any region in New Zealand last week jumping 5% for first doses, which is equivalent to nearly 17,000 people getting their first vaccination. 79% of the eligible Waikato population have had at least one dose.