Vaccine Pass enforcement - justification and costs

Vanessa Sinclair made this Official Information request to Christchurch City Council

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From: Vanessa Sinclair

Dear Christchurch City Council,

Please provide clear evidence of Councils justification to restrict entry to public facilities to those will to provide proof of vaccination

(1) Risk Assessment
Please provide the detailed risk assessment carried out by Council in their determination that proof of vaccination must be presented at Council facilities, by individual facility, or grouped by facility type if appropriate.

(2) Cost to Enforce
Please provide the approximate cost to the council of enforcing the vaccine pass per facility, per week
ie, for each location, the number of security/guards/enforcement personnel partially or fully employed to police vaccine pass entry, total cost per hour of said personnel and approximate hours per week spent on the enforcement activity.

Sample calculations for each location might be (say)

(eg1) 1 service officer, each costing $20 per hour, working 40 hours per week, enforcing restrictions for 100% of their day, Cost for that facility per week would be 1 x 20 x 40 x 1.

(eg2) 2 service officers, each costing $20 per hour, working 40 hours per week, enforcing restrictions for 85% of their day, Cost for that facility per week would be 2 x 20 x 40 x 0.85.

(3) Opportunity Cost
Please provide estimated loss of income per facility, per week week, at each traffic light level if vaccine passport restrictions were not enforced.

Note - this calculation should consider the average number of attendees per location, when no government restrictions in place and the average income received per attendee, against traffic light restricted capacity with vaccine passports requirement and traffic light restricted capacity without vaccine passport requirement.

Whilst this might, at first glance, appear like a daunting data request, given Councils email response to my recent request for information (extract below), it is my expectation that this modelling will have already been done, so the data and subsequent analysis should be readily available.

Email extract received 16/12/21 at 9:42

".... lowest overall financial cost to ratepayers is achieved by requiring vaccination certificates to access those facilities.

Conversely, allowing unvaccinated people to use facilities would require limiting numbers or closing certain facilities, which would incur higher costs to all ratepayers."

I look forward to your timely response

Yours faithfully,
Vanessa Sinclair

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From: Vanessa Sinclair <[FOI #17971 email]>
Sent: Thursday, 16 December 2021 1:10 PM
To: Official Information <[email address]>
Subject: Official Information request - Vaccine Pass enforcement -
justification and costs

 

Dear Christchurch City Council,

Please provide clear evidence of Councils justification to restrict entry
to public facilities to those will to provide proof of vaccination

(1) Risk Assessment
Please provide the detailed risk assessment carried out by Council in
their determination that proof of vaccination must be presented at Council
facilities, by individual facility, or grouped by facility type if
appropriate.

(2) Cost to Enforce
Please provide the approximate cost to the council of enforcing the
vaccine pass per facility, per week
ie, for each location, the number of security/guards/enforcement personnel
partially or fully employed to police vaccine pass entry, total cost per
hour of said personnel and approximate hours per week spent on the
enforcement activity.

Sample calculations for each location might be (say)

(eg1) 1 service officer, each costing $20 per hour, working 40 hours per
week, enforcing restrictions for 100% of their day, Cost for that facility
per week would be 1 x 20 x 40 x 1.

(eg2) 2 service officers, each costing $20 per hour, working 40 hours per
week, enforcing restrictions for 85% of their day, Cost for that facility
per week would be 2 x 20 x 40 x 0.85.

(3) Opportunity Cost
Please provide estimated loss of income per facility, per week week, at
each traffic light level if vaccine passport restrictions were not
enforced.

Note - this calculation should consider the average number of attendees
per location, when no government restrictions in place and the average
income received per attendee, against traffic light restricted capacity
with vaccine passports requirement and traffic light restricted capacity
without vaccine passport requirement.

Whilst this might, at first glance, appear like a daunting data request,
given Councils email response to my recent request for information
(extract below), it is my expectation that this modelling will have
already been done, so the data and subsequent analysis should be readily
available.

Email extract received 16/12/21 at 9:42

".... lowest overall financial cost to ratepayers is achieved by requiring
vaccination certificates to access those facilities.

Conversely, allowing unvaccinated people to use facilities would require
limiting numbers or closing certain facilities, which would incur higher
costs to all ratepayers."

I look forward to your timely response

Yours faithfully,
Vanessa Sinclair

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From: Vanessa Sinclair

Dear Official Information,

Can I add one more item to the request?

To give me a completely rounded understanding of the decision making process, could you please also provide minutes of meetings where adoption of the traffic light system was proposed, debated, and decided?

I am not interested in the names of the participants, but I do want to see evidence that this issue was adequately assessed, and what (if any), alternatives where presented and rejected during the analysis.

Yours sincerely,

Vanessa Sinclair

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