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

MIQ has about 4,500 people working in facilities from around 300 different employers.

All work in Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities needs to be undertaken by workers who are vaccinated, 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 MIF, any workers who started before 1 May need to be fully vaccinated. Those who started after 1 May 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.

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.

Evidence of vaccination includes a purple DHB issued Covid-19 Vaccine record card, green COVID-19 MIQ vaccine certificate, or letter confirmation from GP or through ManageMyHealth. Photo identification must include the worker's photo and name, for example a Driver's Licence, Passport, MIQ Photo Card or employer ID card.

Once the person's vaccination status and photo ID has been checked, they must sign in via WhosOnLocation and will be subject to the Required Testing Order.

From 29 November booster shots have been available to MIQ staff. We are encouraging MIQ workers who have been fully vaccinated for more than 6 months to get the booster dose to have the best level of protection from COVID-19 for them and their whanau, but it is not a mandatory requirement for MIQ workers under the Required Vaccinations Order.​

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: 22 December 2021