Last updated Friday 21 January 2022
Tēnā tātou e te whānau,
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa will make full (double) vaccination against COVID-19 (or a valid medical exemption) a requirement for all whānau entering our sites from 21 February 2022. For a small number of programmes, this requirement will take effect earlier depending on placements and other activity that requires vaccination for participation.
The requirement will apply to tauira, kaimahi, contractors and manuhiri coming to our sites and or participating at TWoA events including hui from that date.
Ngā Tumu with the endorsement of Te Mana Whakahaere, have considered a wide range of views and feedback balancing individual freedoms with the rights of kaimahi and tauira who want a safe place to work and study. The feedback showed overwhelming support for our tikanga whakahaere proposal with 80 per cent of survey respondents endorsing the idea.
Our decision is based on our responsibility to provide an āhuru mōwai (safe haven) that ensures the health and safety of our kaimahi, contractors, tauira and manuhiri who come to Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and to minimise harm (or eliminate it) caused by COVID-19.
We have developed these frequently asked questions (FAQs) in response to the feedback and questions raised during our proposed recommendation to make COVID-19 vaccination a requirement for tauira, kaimahi, contractors and visitors who access our campuses and sites from 21 February 2022. These will be updated as more questions and answers arise.
What decision has Te Wānanga o Aotearoa made on a vaccination policy?
Why was this decision made?
Why was 21 February 2022 chosen as the effective date?
How will Te Wānanga o Aotearoa sites operate at different traffic light levels before 21 February?
How long will the tikanga whakahaere (policy) and vaccination requirement be in place?
Will face masks remain a requirement on campuses and other delivery sites if everyone is vaccinated?
What does fully vaccinated mean?
Are vaccine booster shots a requirement for TWoA kaimahi, tauira, contractors and manuhiri?
I received my COVID-19 vaccine overseas - how does it work?
Will medical exemptions be accepted?
Will Te Wānanga o Aotearoa accept exemption based on religious or other beliefs?
Can unvaccinated people come onto campus if they produce a negative COVID test within the last 24 hours?
How will Te Wānanga o Aotearoa check each person’s vaccination status?
I am meeting with / bringing a visitor onsite. Is it my responsibility to make sure they are vaccinated?
What will happen to existing students who don’t want to get vaccinated?
Which programmes require a My Vaccine Pass?
What is the last date by which I can submit a My Vaccine Pass?
Will my course fees be refunded if I am withdrawn from a course because I have not submitted a My Vaccine Pass?
Do I need to carry my My Vaccine Pass when entering a Te Wānanga o Aotearoa site or accessing its services?
Am I required to have a My Vaccine Pass to enrol in programmes that are delivered online only?
My enrolment was accepted/confirmed prior to the vaccination requirement announcement, what do I need to do?
My enrolment was made provisional prior to the vaccination requirement announcement, what do I need to do?
I am enrolled in a Home Based Learning programme, how does this policy affect me?
I will be completing my 2021 programme as a rollover into 2022, does the vaccination requirement apply to me?
Am I permitted to enrol in programmes with mandatory in-person requirements if I have a valid medical vaccination exemption?
I am unvaccinated, which programme(s) can I enrol into?
Can I use the library if I do not have a My Vaccine Pass?
Can my kaiako or other teaching staff ask to see my My Vaccine Pass?
Can I come to campus after I have submitted my vaccine pass if it has not been validated?
I have already completed my studies. Can I attend graduation without a My Vaccine Passs?
Education sector including early childhood education, primary and secondary education
On Monday 11 October 2021, the Government advised that all staff and workers who may have contact with children and students in schools, early childhood education centres and kura throughout the country (regardless of COVID-19 alert level) will be required to have a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 15 November and be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022.
From 1 January 2022, education services must only allow those that are fully vaccinated to provide onsite services during opening hours. This means vaccinations are mandatory for all those working onsite including teachers, relief teachers, trainee teachers, casual staff, administration staff, caretakers, cleaners, OSCAR providers and hostel staff – whether direct employees or employees of a contractor. It also applies to unpaid workers, such as volunteers (including parent volunteers) and any members of the community who are on site at the school, early education centre or kura.
What Te Wānanga o Aotearoa programmes are affected by this?
He Korowai Ākonga Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) tauira will be required to follow the guidelines mentioned above. As part of the curriculum for this programme, tauira will undertake placement within schools/kura and to do so will need to be fully vaccinated.
Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements within the health sector
It is now mandatory for certain roles within the health sector to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This includes:
- health practitioners
- workers who work in close proximity to health practitioners providing services to members of the public (for example, reception and administration staff in general practice, shop assistants in community pharmacies)
- workers employed or engaged by certified providers, which includes workers at a facility providing hospital care, rest home care, residential disability care or fertility services (for example, anyone working in a hospital setting such as laundry staff, orderly, administration staff, or rest home staff like kitchen and cleaning staff)
- care and support workers who are employed or engaged to carry out work that includes going to the home or place of resident of another person (including those living in the home or place of residence of a family member) to provide care and support services funded by the Ministry of Health, a DHB or ACC.
Ngā Poutoko Whakarara Oranga Bachelor of Bicultural Social Work tauira will be required to follow the guidelines mentioned above. As part of the curriculum for this programme, tauira will undertake placement within schools/kura and to do so will need to be fully vaccinated.