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New Zealand PM Ardern says border workers must take COVID-19 vaccine after new cases

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New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that people working at the borders must be vaccinated by the end of this month or risk being moved out of the role, after a third coronavirus case related to a frontline staff was reported.

New Zealand has virtually eliminated the COVID-19 virus within its borders and there's been no community transmission for more 40 days.

But it reported a positive COVID-19 in the community last week of a border worker who had missed two vaccine appointments. Two more cases linked to this individual has emerged since.

"By the end of April, those not yet vaccinated will not be permitted to work in high-risk workplaces and will be moved to other roles," Ardern said at a news conference.

She said about 86% of border workers have been vaccinated.

New Zealand has started vaccinating its border and managed isolation facility workers and their family with BioNTech-Pfizer vaccines in its first phase. So far it has vaccinated over 90,000 people. The country last week temporarily suspended entry for all travelers from India, including its own citizens, following a high number of positive coronavirus cases arriving from the South Asian country.

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"By the end of April, those not yet vaccinated will not be permitted to work in high-risk workplaces and will be moved to other roles," Ardern said at a news conference.

Brilliant.

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This is the way it needs to be, for the good of the greater population.

You have the right to be an anti-vaxxer, but you have no right to be free from the consequences if your choice.

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branch covidians

Lol. Very ept.

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This is a necessary move to stem the spread of the virus. Yet again, JA has shown herself to be a leader who actually cares about the people, rather than herself. A real leader in an era mostly bereft of such politicians scrabbling for the top.

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”Mah freedom”

Read the article, they are not being denied work, just moved.

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You cannot mandate a vaccine, especially one as dangerous as this one. It’s fascism.

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You cannot mandate a vaccine, especially one as dangerous as this one. It’s fascism.

A blast from the past but the song remains the same. Read the article.

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You cannot mandate a vaccine, especially one as dangerous as this one. It’s fascism.

I refuse to wear a helmet, steel cap boots and high visibility clothing on this building site. It’s fascism!

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