Staff vaccination

Information on this page can be attributed to a managed isolation and quarantine spokesperson.

All work in MIQ facilities is undertaken by vaccinated workers.

On 21 December 2021, the Government announced changes to testing requirements for border workers.

Omicron: Government’s plan to minimise risk(external link) — Beehive website

All work in Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities needs to be undertaken by workers who are vaccinated and boosted (if eligible), to keep workers protected and our communities safe from transmission. The Government introduced the requirement under the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021. To be able to work in a managed isolation facility (MIF), any workers who started before 1 May 2021 need to be fully vaccinated. Those who started after 1 May 2021 need to have received their first dose of the vaccine before starting work, and they then have 35 days from that working start date to receive their second dose.

On 23 January 2022, booster doses for eligible workers over the age of 18 became mandatory and they were required to have their booster by 15 February 2022. Workers over the age of 18 can receive their booster anytime between 3 and 6 months after the completion of their primary doses (full doses of approved vaccines).

A condition of entry to all Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities is evidence of vaccination and photo identification. This condition applies to all MIQ workers, contractors and visitors (permanent and occasional). This process is required every time a worker enters a facility. Anyone who doesn’t meet these requirements will not be permitted into a facility. Since the Order came into effect, we have extensively communicated the need to be fully vaccinated to employers and workers.

MIQ uses an entry system called JNCTN which connects to the Border Worker Testing Register and confirms a worker’s vaccination status. If a worker is vaccinated in accordance with the Required Vaccinations Order, JNCTN will show they are compliant and can enter a facility.

If a worker does not have the JNCTN app on their phone they can also provide evidence of vaccination through showing their My Covid Record, Manage My Health record or a letter of confirmation from their GP.

Further information

COVID-19: Vaccines(external link) — Ministry of Health 

Vaccine roll-out to MIQ staff(external link) — Ministry of Health 

Covid-19 vaccination data(external link) — Ministry of Health 

Last updated: 14 March 2022