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Vaccination Botch Up Needs Urgent Fix


“It’s unacceptable the Government won’t play
hardball with unions and force those employees unwilling to
get a COVID vaccine to vacate MIQ premises for another 18
days,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Stop
pussyfooting about and take the necessary steps to protect
New Zealanders and the economy from another outbreak of
COVID-19.

“Giving recalcitrant workers until the end
of April to get a jab is simply unacceptable. The risk to
the community of an outbreak is just too
great.

“Today’s post-Cabinet media conference was
a litany of weak leadership around COVID related issues that
cause New Zealanders huge concern.

“Over 500 MIQ
workers still have not been vaccinated.

“It’s
clear from questions being asked by the media that the
number of border workers skipping regular COVID tests and
who also have not yet been vaccinated is probably even
higher.

“These are people who were supposed to have
been vaccinated weeks ago.

“When is the Government
going to grip up this operation? Numerous measures could be
taken to ensure the risk of an outbreak is mitigated despite
our hopeless vaccine rollout.

“For example, daily
saliva testing at the border was recommended as urgent by
Heather Simpson and Sir Brian Roche last September but
hidden from the public until late December.

“It’s
still only in a voluntary pilot at a tiny number of MIQ
facilities for reasons no one in the Government can
adequately explain.

“Sir Brian now heads the
advisory group overseeing both the border and the vaccine
rollout.

“We need to urgently hear how his group is
going to improve things before our inadequate vaccination
and testing regimes cost us all again in another
lockdown.”

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