2 August 2023
[FYI request #23284 email]
Tēnā koe Erika
Your request for Official information, reference: HNZ00023978
Thank you for your email on 5 July 2023, asking for the following under the Official Information Act
1982 (the Act):
“According to the legislation at the time in 2021, there were operational exemptions
available for those who were not getting vaccinated against Covid 19. Your website outlines
the process of applying for an operating exemption under clause 12a
How many requests were received?
How many were approved by the ministry?”
From 13 November 2021 to 26 September 2022, a total of 478 applications for Significant Service
Disruption exemption (SSD) were received. 103 applications were granted, covering approximately
Please note that it is not possible to provide the exact number of workers that were covered by
SSDs. This is because it was possible for an organisation to submit an application to cover more
than one worker.
How to get in touch
If you have any questions, you can contact us at [email address].
If you are not happy with this response, you have the right to make a complaint to the
Ombudsman. Information about how to do this is available at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz
by phoning 0800 802 602.
As this information may be of interest to other members of the public, Te Whatu Ora may
proactively release a copy of this response on our website. Al requester data, including your name
and contact details, wil be removed prior to release.
Nāku iti noa, nā
Interim Director, Prevention
National Public Health Service
Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand
PO Box 793, Wellington 6140