The informed consent process
The request was refused by Chris Hipkins.
Dear Chris Hipkins,
BACKGROUND TO INFORMATION REQUEST
I refer to the link provided below:
The abovementioned document is New Zealand's Immunisation Handbook for the year 2020. (We are nearing the end of 2021 and I could not find this version on the internet).
At clause 2.1.2., under the heading "The Informed Consent Process", it reads --- "Informed consent is a process whereby the individual or parent/guardian are appropriately informed in an environment and manner that are meaningful. Having been well informed, they are willing and able to agree to what is being suggested without coercion."
Coercion means persuading someone to do something by using force or threats.
Our P.M., Jacinda Ardern, is on record as having made numerous threats relative to unvaccinated people not having Christmas, not having Summer, not being allowed to travel, etc.. So much so that Judith Collins referred to her as "Jacinda the Grinch".
Undeniably a large number of New Zealander's were persuaded to accept the Covid-19 vaccinations after reading and hearing the abovementioned, irrefutably coercive, threats.
Please provide a full and frank answer to my question which is;
Why did the government feel it was necessary to persuade New Zealanders to accept the Covid-19 vaccinations by the use of coercion when this is contrary to the government's own vaccination strategy as confirmed in the New Zealand's Immunisation Handbook for the year 2020?
From: C Hipkins (MIN)
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From: Yuuki Smithers
Kia ora M.R.M
Thank you for your request for official information. The Minister’s Office reference number for your request is: CHOIA178
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: http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/.
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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
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From: Daniel Martin
Kia ora M.R.M
Please find attached the Ministers response to your request for official