How are vaccine mandates justified?

Ben made this Official Information request to Chris Hipkins

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From: Ben

Dear Chris Hipkins,

I have a few questions regarding your roll out of new vaccination mandates, as I am sure the government will add more and more industries to this mandate.

1) Why was the government including yourself, and Jacinda Ardern so adamant that there would be no vaccination mandates, to then, contradict the words of reassurance that was spoken months earlier. This seems to be a reoccurring pattern and it creates a lot of trust issues from the public with the government. How can we believe any of the words of today, when they are not honoured tomorrow?

2) From my understanding, and from another FYI request I have found the pfizer covid19 vaccine was never designed to prevent people catching covid19, or spread it. The pfizer covid 19 vaccine only reduces the symptoms and the harm to the patient who has become infected. So my question is why when NZ reaches the 90% vaccination target and we enter the traffic light system why will unvaccinated customers be refused entry when the only person who is in danger are themselves?

3) Why is there no other options for unvaccinated people to enable them to participate in events and enter venues, ie a test within a certain time frame to show they are negative

4) If clogging up the health system is the next concern why had preparations not been put in place over the past 18 months. We all knew the elimination strategy was never going to work long term, with cases world wide booming without closing NZ forever. The reality is we will all get covid 19 during our life time. Over $1b has been spent on the MIQ system, half of that could have built a dedicated covid19 clinic, paid for the extra intensive care beds, and imported or trained up more doctors / nurses.

5) Why do we not have a choice on what vaccine we can receive like the rest of the world?

6) Does the government think that it ethical or acceptable to carry out business with a criminal entity such as pfizer? As they have previously been charged with bribing doctors and suppressing adverse trial results?

Yours faithfully,


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From: C Hipkins (MIN)
Chris Hipkins

Kia ora


Thank you for taking the time to write to Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister for
COVID-19 Response, Minister of Education, Minister for the Public Sector
and Leader of the House.

We are receiving a significant amount of correspondence at the moment and,
although your email will be carefully considered and noted, it is not
possible to respond to each individual email. However, please note that
this is an automatic response and we will endeavour to respond to your
individual queries as soon as we can.

You can find the latest information and guidance about Alert Levels at
The locations of interest are set out
at [2]
encourage anyone who has been at one of the locations of interest at the
time specified to self-isolate and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453. You
can find the nearest testing centre to you
at [3]

We appreciate that this is a challenging time. If you need to talk, you
can call or text 1737 at any time. Mental health and wellbeing resources
are also available
at [4]
about the financial support available to individuals and businesses can be
found at [5]

We also understand that there are several other aspects to the response
that are very important to people. You can find more information about:

o Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ)
at [6], including how to request an emergency
at [7]
make a complaint or request a review of your application by
emailing [8]
o Travel with Australia
at [9]
you are in Australia, please register
at [10] and if it is an emergency,
contact the Consulate on +64 99 20 20 20.
o Vaccines at [11], including
how to book your vaccine
at [12] by calling 0800 28
29 26.
o Vaccine data and statistics
at [13]
Medsafe’s vaccine safety monitoring reports
at [14]
o The Government’s plan to reconnect New Zealand with the rest of the
at [16]

Please remember to take care, and be kind. We have beaten COVID-19 before,
and we can do it again.

Ngā mihi,

Office of Hon Chris Hipkins

Minister for COVID-19 Response | Minister of Education | Minister for the
Public Sector | Leader of the House | MP for Remutaka

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