Informed Consent #6 - Vaccine mandates for Govt employees

Annie Weston made this Official Information request to Chris Hipkins

Response to this request is long overdue. By law Chris Hipkins should have responded by now (details and exceptions). You can complain to the Ombudsman.

From: Annie Weston

Dear Chris Hipkins,

1) When will the Govt lead by example and mandate vaccinations for the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary at all levels?

2) Why has the Govt not mandated vaccinations for all civil servants and public servants?

3) When will the Govt mandate vaccinations for the NZ Police? Are they not considered to be working in a particularly high risk environment?

Yours faithfully,

Annie Weston

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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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From: Yuuki Smithers

Kia ora,

Thank you for your request for official information. The Minister’s Office reference number for your request is: CHOIA161

As required under the Official Information Act 1982, the Office will endeavour to respond to your request no later than 20 working days after the day your request was received. If you'd like to calculate the timeframe, you can use the Ombudsman's online calculator here:

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic response, the Office is experiencing significantly higher volumes of queries and requests for information. If we are unable to respond to your request within this time frame, we will notify you of an extension of that time frame.

If you have any queries related to this request, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Ngâ mihi

Yuuki Smithers | Health Private Secretary
Office of Hon Chris Hipkins
Minister for COVID-19 Response | Minister of Education | Minister for the Public Service | Leader of the House
Parliament Buildings, Private Bag 18041, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

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