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Source: Eastern Institute of Technology – Tairāwhiti

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EIT is now reviewing our position with respect to COVID-19 vaccinations. 

This review is necessary because of the rapidly changing circumstances with the Omicron variant, and changes to both the Public Health Vaccination Orders and the COVID-19 Protection Framework . These changes include the easing of restrictions as part of New Zealand’s post-peak plan to return to a greater sense of normality. 

EIT is proposing that its COVID-19 Vaccination Policy be ‘retired’ effective from Friday 15 April 2022. This would mean that from 15 April 2022 staff, students, visitors and contractors would no longer need to be vaccinated in order to come ‘onsite’.

We are asking for feedback from our EIT community in response to this proposal.  We are particularly interested in hearing of any specific concerns people may have about the impact of this proposal and ways in which these concerns can be effectively managed. The feedback needs to be submitted by Friday 8 April – 5.00 p.m. using this online form for Student Feedback (EIT login required).

Before deciding on the appropriate way forward, EIT will carefully consider feedback from our community and the same expert group we used when implementing the Policy. Until a final decision is made, Vaccine passes are required at all EIT locations. Masks and physical distancing remain in place.

EIT encourages students who are feeling ill to get tested and self-isolate at home. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will need to isolate for 7 days. You can call EIT’s  0800 22 55 348 number to let us know if you test positive for COVID 19. Click here for further advice. 

EIT’s website and social media platforms will be updated to contain the latest Government advice.

Please Note
The modified requirements of the Public Health Vaccination Orders will still need to apply to staff and students working and studying in health and disability, aged care and corrections.  Some organizations   and placement providers we work with or enter into may still choose to use My Vaccine Passes.