Kia Ora NZTE Whānau,
It’s been a while since we sent a One Global Team coronavirus update, but we want to share with you our thoughts on vaccinations, which will be a key theme this year in the world’s campaign to bring the pandemic under control.
We know that Covid-19 vaccines have been front of mind for many of you. We also know that vaccinations are being rolled out differently in all locations and that there is a vast amount of information (and misinformation) about the available vaccines.
We see vaccination as important, but we also recognise that it involves personal choice. We are therefore committed to ensuring you have information on safe and effective vaccines, and we will continue to work with our NZ Inc partners to do this. Jason Hare is on the NZ Inc Vaccine Working Group and we will keep you informed with any relevant information from that group and other sources.
Locally engaged international employees
If you decide to receive a vaccine available to you right now, we are keen that you make an informed decision based on medical information and the risk in the region. Therefore, we recommend that you either consult with your medical professional or email Jason Hare, who can liaise with Healix, our medical and security experts, for advice.
In some regions, we know that Government vaccination programmes may be mandatory and Jason via Healix will support you if you require further information.
We also know that the vaccination may lead to you feeling unwell for a short period of time. If you feel unwell after a vaccine, please contact your medical professional for advice and talk with your people leader. There is leave that can be approved for Covid-19 illness that will allow you to rest and recover.
If you decide to receive a vaccine available to you right now, we are keen that you make an informed decision based on medical information and the risk in the region.
Therefore, we recommend that you contact Healix for advice on CovidVaccineEnquiries-NZTE@healix.com. A member of the Healix team will respond and answer any questions you might have and provide you with their professional advice.
We also know that the vaccination may lead to you feeling unwell for a short period of time. If you feel unwell after a vaccine, please contact Healix for advice and talk with your people leader. There is leave that can be approved for Covid-19 illness that will allow you to rest and recover.
We also want to make sure we can continue to support you and your family’s health, safety and wellbeing while you are away from New Zealand. To help us maintain this, we ask that, if you have received a vaccination already or intend to, please let the Safety and Wellbeing team know:
- The date you were vaccinated (and the follow-up vaccine if applicable)
- The vaccine you received (if known)
- Your family members who have also received the vaccination.
New Zealand employees
In New Zealand, getting vaccinated is not as urgent as it is for some of our global teams and is not a decision we are having to think about daily. Having said this, we know people are anxious about the vaccine roll-out and want to ensure you have the correct information available for you.
You can read about the NZ Government Vaccine strategy and keep up to date with progress here.
The first priority in New Zealand will be to vaccinate border workers and essential staff who are at the greatest risk of contracting COVID-19. Vaccines are expected to be delivered to front-line workers in the second quarter of 2021.
The aim is to then commence vaccination of the general public in the second half of the year. All vaccine roll-outs will depend on Medsafe approval, which is being streamlined, and speed of manufacture. New Zealand has pre-purchase agreements for four vaccines to date and we understand that Medsafe trails have started on at least one.
The Government has said that all New Zealanders will have access to free vaccinations, however this may take some time. We will continue to keep you up to date with progress and of course support you to have access to the vaccine once it becomes available.
For all our global team
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jason Hare to talk through these. As always, if you are feeling anxious, our Employee Assistance Programme is available to provide counselling and your Safety and Wellbeing team are here to support you.