A survey of 115 New Zealand executives from large to medium-sized organizations found that almost half plan to give up vaccinations for all their workers, rather than for people at risk.
The survey also showed that much more vaccination would be mandated if there was clearer direction and support from the government.
Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum executive director Francois Barton said many more business leaders said they were interested in the vaccine’s mandate for their staff, but wanted the government to show more support for their position before doing so.
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“If they had the support and guidance of the government, more companies would want to do this, and this sentiment was clearly behind the survey,” Barton said.
“There is a solid desire of business leaders to take on a risk-based healthcare obligation, especially as Covid-19 continues to spread across the country.
“However, there is a real lack of clarity on the part of the government to support companies in making these decisions.
“The government was quick to restrict freedom of movement and freedom of association, and they could go further about this mandatory vaccination and now is the time.”
Barton was a supervisor for the Department of Labor for 10 years before being involved in the forum.
He said the virus was deadly and highly contagious and would enter a workplace if entry was allowed for non-vaccinated people.
Air New Zealand, Simpson Grierson, Russell McVeagh and more are stepping up to keep their workers safe. Aucklanders are doing the hard work for all of us and companies are showing leadership by supporting it with mandatory vaccination policies. ”
About a third of surveyed executives said they planned to restrict access for non-vaccinated visitors and 27 percent planned to restrict access for non-vaccinated visitors.
Both PwC and Russell McVeagh said this week that they require vaccination for staff, contractors and visitors to their locations.
Employment lawyer Susan Hornsby-Geluk said that in order to carry out a mandate, employers should conduct a health and safety assessment to determine whether roles endanger employees of Covid-19, or that employees are involved in vulnerable members of ‘ the community.
The line had not yet been tested on what were reasonable health and safety grounds, Hornsby-Geluk said.
While some have questioned whether compulsory vaccination would be a violation of the Bill of Rights Act or civil liberties, there was a “growing recognition” that vaccination was a fundamental and necessary part of an effective response to public safety, Hornsby said. -Happiness.