New Zealand Airport and Border Workers must be vaccinated and UK likely to follow suite.

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

In New Zealand, it was announced yesterday that all airport and port workers will be required to be vaccinated, or lose their jobs.


This announcement follows the government’s move to force all border, isolation, and quarantine staff to be jabbed or face unemployment.


The country’s Covid-19 Response Minister, Chris Hipkins, said: “I am extending the mandatory order to cover a further 1800 currently unvaccinated active border workers. This is necessary to lift the uptake of the vaccine among the wider border workforce and strengthen our ongoing response to Covid-19.

All government employees covered by the order must have received their first dose of the Covid jab by August 26th.


“Border workers who remain unvaccinated after the requirements come into effect will need to discuss options with their employer. They will not be able to continue working in a high-risk border environment until they are vaccinated.”

In April, a health order mandated border workers to have had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, although this did not cover “wider border workforce” such as airline staff and port workers. The new order now covers those working in the airside area of affected airports and some other high0risk work at airports, ports, and accommodation services where specified aircrew members were self-isolating.


In Australia, the government made the decision on the 28th of June to make the Covid-19 vaccines mandatory for aged care home staff, and measures to make the jab compulsory for all healthcare staff are currently under review.


The Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said at a press conference on 5th July: “I know there will be some who don’t support that. And we’ve done this because after having sought the medical advice on a number of occasions, that medical advice came back that endorsed the position which the Prime Minister had flagged sometime earlier.”


Unfortunately, it appears as though the UK is set to follow suit, as today – the 13th July – parliament will discuss and vote on whether Covid Vaccines should be made mandatory for all care home staff.


In June, the UK government announced that all care home workers will be required by law to be fully vaccinated to “protect residents.” The new legislation is set to come into effect from October and will allow a period of time for staff to get vaccinated – excluding those who are medically exempt – before they face being suspended or losing their job.

It is interesting to see that these new requirements are being brought in all around the same time. Is it just a coincidence?

It appears as though the next stage of the Covid agenda has begun as there is a global effort to move towards introducing domestic vaccine passports to further restrict the freedoms of the masses.


Considering that the UK 19th July Freedom Day is just around the corner, it doesn’t seem too far-fetched to expect some form of vaccine passport to be introduced or other measures that isolate and restrict the freedoms of the unvaccinated. It is only a matter of time before a domestic vaccine passport hits UK soil and life for the unvaccinated becomes incredibly difficult, even harder than it already is.


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