COVID-19 vaccine mandate

The University will introduce mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for all students, staff, and visitors to our campuses in 2022.

The vaccine mandate will apply from Monday 31 January, requiring all staff and all students to be fully vaccinated if they enter University campuses or take part in face-to-face University activities. It will also apply to all contractors and visitors who wish to enter University campuses.

We will review our approach to a vaccine mandate every three months or at the end of Trimester 1 in June 2022.

The University’s full requirements around vaccination against COVID-19, and information about who will be eligible for an exemption, can be found on this page.

This decision is underpinned by a detailed risk assessment (PDF), as well as consultation with staff, students, unions, and University Council members.

Information on how to provide proof of vaccination will be shared prior to 31 January 2022.

Read the full email from Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford about this decision.

COVID-19 mandatory vaccination requirements

  • All staff will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter University campuses or take part in face-to-face University activities.
  • All students will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter University campuses or take part in face-to-face University activities.
  • All contractors and visitors will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter university campuses.
  • These requirements will begin on Monday 31 January 2022.
  • The University will review these requirements every three months and at the end of Trimester 1 (27 June 2022).

Exemptions from mandatory vaccination requirements

Exemptions from these requirements will be considered only for those:

  • who have obtained a relevant COVID-19 vaccination exemption issued by the New Zealand Government;
  • who (if not covered by a Public Health Order mandate), produce a valid medical certificate issued by the Ministry of Health. Only a qualified medical practitioner with a current practising certificate can apply for these on your behalf. Information about the application process can be found on the Ministry of Health website.

In either case, the University will consider the exemption or medical certificate and consult with the individual on any additional measures required to ensure their safety and the safety of others on University campuses, so far as reasonably practicable.

People who will not need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Notwithstanding the above requirements, the following people will not need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19:

  • people who are not eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in New Zealand;
  • any child, or any parent of a child, who is enrolled in the University’s Early Childhood Centres in order to access those Centres unless, in the case of parents, they act as a volunteer or the Centre is hosting a particular event where attendees must be fully vaccinated;
  • students or other people accessing basic needs services (such as Mauri Ora) on campus;
  • secondary school students participating in a secondary-tertiary programme or a school learning programme held on the University campuses in order to engage in these programmes
  • any other person for whom a relevant Public Health Order from time to time prohibits the University from restricting entry.

In each of these cases, the University may consult with individuals on any additional measures required to ensure their safety and the safety of others on University campuses, so far as reasonably practicable.

Note: ‘fully vaccinated’ means a person who has received a full course of any of the COVID-19 vaccines approved by the New Zealand Government.

These requirements were issued by the Vice-Chancellor on Thursday 9 December 2021 following consultation with staff, students, unions, and representative groups and with the support of the University Council.