COVID-19 Response

Jennifer Wright made this Official Information request to Ayesha Verrall

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

From: Jennifer Wright

Dear Ayesha Verrall,

I wish to request information pertaining to the time Chris Hipkins held the portfolio for COVID-19 Response. On the 25th October 2021 the version of the COVID-19 Public Health Response (vaccination ) Order 2021 held the definition of care and support workers as the following;

'Care and Support Worker means a person employed or engaged to carry out
work that includes going to the home or place of residence of another person
(not being the home or place of residence of a family member) to provide care
and support services'.

Then, On November 6th a new version of COVID-19 Public Health Response (vaccination ) Order 2021 was released and the definition of care and support workers was as following;

'Care and Support Worker means a person employed or engaged to provide
care and support services within a home or place of residence'.

Please provide me with all the public health advice given and all the information that was considered when deciding to include care and support workers, working in a family member's home, in the COVID-19 Public Health Response (vaccination ) Order 2021 as at November 6 2021.

Yours faithfully,

Jennie Wright

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Ayesha Verrall

Kia ora

Thank you for taking the time to write to Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall, Minister
for Seniors, Minister for Food Safety, Associate Minister of Health and
Associate Minister for Research, Science and Development. Your email will
be carefully considered and noted and should a response be required it
will be sent in due course.

Ngā  Mihi 

Office of Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall

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From: A Verrall (MIN)
Ayesha Verrall

Kia ora Jennifer,

Thank you for your email of 20/06/2022 in which you submitted an Official Information Act request as follows:

- On the 25th October 2021 the version of the COVID-19 Public Health Response (vaccination ) Order 2021 held the definition of care and support workers as the following;
'Care and Support Worker means a person employed or engaged to carry out work that includes going to the home or place of residence of another person (not being the home or place of residence of a family member) to provide care and support services'.

-On November 6th a new version of COVID-19 Public Health Response (vaccination ) Order 2021 was released and the definition of care and support workers was as following;
'Care and Support Worker means a person employed or engaged to provide care and support services within a home or place of residence'.

Minister Verrall is considering your request in accordance with the Act, and you can expect a response by 19/07/2022.

Ngâ mihi”

Alfred

Alfred Lison (he/him)
Roving Private Secretary (Executive Support) | Office of Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall
Minister for COVID-19 Response
Minister of Research, Science and Innovation
Minister for Seniors
Associate Minister of Health

Phone: 04 817 8733
Email: [Ayesha Verrall request email] Website: www.Beehive.govt.nz
Private Bag 18041, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

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Kia ora Jennifer,

Thank you for your request for official information, received on 20 June
2022 for:

 

- “On the 25th October 2021 the version of the COVID-19 Public Health
Response (vaccination ) Order 2021 held the definition of care and support
workers as the following; 'Care and Support Worker means a person employed
or engaged to carry out work that includes going to the home or place of
residence of another person (not being the home or place of residence of a
family member) to provide care and support services'.

- On November 6th a new version of COVID-19 Public Health Response
(vaccination ) Order 2021 was released and the definition of care and
support workers was as following; 'Care and Support Worker means a person
employed or engaged to provide care and support services within a home or
place of residence”

 

This office has decided to extend the period of time available to respond
to your request under section 15A of the Official Information Act 1982
(the Act), as further consultation is required.

You can now expect a response to your request on, or before, 16 August
2022.

You have the right, under section 28 of the Act, to ask the Ombudsman to
review my decision to extend the time available to respond to your
request.

 

Ngâ mihi,

 

 

Daniel Martin

Health Private Secretary | Office of Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall

Minister for COVID-19 Response

Minister of Research, Science and Innovation
Minister for Seniors

Associate Minister of Health

Private Bag 18041, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

 

 

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From: Jennifer Wright

Dear Daniel Martin,

I do not believe this request warrants an extension of time. It's a simple request to help me understand what public health reasons were behind me losing my job caring for my own son in my own home.

The changes made to the order must have reasons and be evidence based ones. It's important to know why I am more of a public health risk to my son while being his carer than while I'm being his mother.

I have made a complaint to the ombudsman and I do hope you reconsider the need for an extension and provide me with the information requested promptly.

Yours sincerely,

Jennifer Wright

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Kia ora Jennifer,

Please find attached the Ministers response to your request for official information.

Ngā mihi,

Daniel Martin
Health Private Secretary | Office of Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall
Minister for COVID-19 Response
Minister of Research, Science and Innovation
Minister for Seniors
Associate Minister of Health
Private Bag 18041, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

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From: Jennifer Wright

Dear Daniel Martin,

Thank you for your response however it is not acceptable and lacks answers to the full scope of my request. I requested the Public Health advice given when deciding to include Care and Support workers, working in a family members home, into the Order. There is no mention in the documents you have released about any Public Health justification for requiring Family Carers, working in a family members home, to be Vaccinated for COVID-19. Please provide the this immediately.

Yours sincerely,

Jennifer Wright

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