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Border And MIQ Workforce Prioritised For Vaccine Rollout, Two Weeks In


New Zealand is now two weeks into the largest
immunisation programme ever undertaken here, with border and
managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) workers first in
line.

“We are so proud of our people for doing the
right thing by stepping up and being part of the first phase
of the vaccination roll-out to border and MIQ workers.”
says Megan Main, Deputy Secretary, MIQ at the Ministry of
Business, Innovation and Employment.

“Border and MIQ
workers know that they are at the frontline of New
Zealand’s defence against COVID-19. Thanks to their
commitment and hard work we are helping protect New
Zealanders from the virus.”

The COVID-19 vaccination
programme roll-out started on 20 February when MIQ workers
at the Jet Park hotel facility in Auckland were the first
people to be offered the vaccination. Since then, border and
MIQ staff across New Zealand have taken the opportunity to
be the first people to have early access to the
vaccine.

“The roll-out of the vaccination programme
has started with our border and MIQ workers and will then
focus on the people they live with, an estimated 50,000
people. These are the people most at risk of exposure to the
virus.”

Border and MIQ staff have now supported more
than 117,000 people to safely cross the border to life in
New Zealand, all while protecting our communities. The
border and MIQ system brings together people with expertise
in hotel hospitality, health, security, wellbeing support,
facility management, logistics and transportation, and
customs and immigration.

“MIQ staff are on hand 24
hours a day, 7 days a week to support returnees in 32
facilities,” says Ms Main.

“They make sure every
aspect of a returnee’s stay in managed isolation is safe
and secure – from food preparation and laundry, to their
transport, COVID-19 testing, exercise, and health and
wellbeing checks.”

 

A big
milestone

Joint Head of Managed Isolation and
Quarantine, Brigadier Jim Bliss, says the start of the
COVID-19 vaccination roll-out is a big milestone in New
Zealand’s fight against COVID-19.

“Offering the
vaccine to our border and MIQ workers and those they live
with will provide a critical additional line of defence to
keep them, their whānau and our communities safe and well,
and help prevent COVID-19 from spreading into our
communities,” he says.

“It’s an extra layer to
help protect all New Zealanders against COVID-19. Getting
vaccinated is key to locking in the gains we have made and
protecting our hard-won
freedoms.”

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