E tū supports the Government’s commitment ensuring
that border workers and their families are prioritised in
the roll-out of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
Minister Jacinda Ardern said workers such as cleaners,
nurses who undertake health checks in MIQ, security staff,
customs and border officials, airline staff and hotel
workers will be among the first to be vaccinated.
Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was given provisional approval by
Medsafe today. The vaccines are expected to arrive in New
Zealand by the end of the first quarter.
Assistant National Secretary Annie Newman says the priority
status is fantastic news for both border workers and their
“Protecting our members at work and
keeping them and their families safe during the COVID-19
pandemic has been an ongoing concern for E
“It’s a relief to know that their health and
safety is considered a top priority.”
Annie says the
union would like to see workers in care professions, such as
aged care and home support, also given priority after the
roll-out to border workers.
“During the lockdown, we
saw that PPE was extremely slow and was not done with these
workers in mind. We also need to make sure that workers on
the frontlines in healthcare are taken into account, with
worker consultation and rights at the forefront of any