University revokes vaccination policy

Wednesday 30 March 2022

The University of Auckland has revoked its Covid-19 Vaccination and Testing Policy, in line with the Government’s announcement last week to end the requirements for vaccine passes.

This means that from 11.59pm on Monday 4 April, anyone attending our campuses or taking part in face-to-face University-managed activities will no longer be required to have a valid My Vaccine Pass. This applies to the vast majority of our students, staff and visitors.

There will be exceptions to this, particularly for University activities where Government vaccine mandates still apply:

  • Healthcare: staff and students who also work with the District Health Boards or in our clinics will still need to be vaccinated (and boosted). This applies mainly to the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Campus Life and the Liggins Institute, although it will include some people in the Faculty of Science, Auckland Bioengineering Institute and UniServices.
  • Border workers: some staff working in our laboratories on Covid-19 research are classed as border workers.
  • Aged care: this applies mainly to staff and students at the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

In addition, the University has identified a second category of activities that sit outside the Government mandates but may still need to be done by vaccinated staff and students, notably where there is interaction with vulnerable people. These exceptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

This decision signals a change in the assessment of the current risk to the University community. However, staff and students need to remain mindful that the pandemic is still a reality in our community, and that we can all stay safe by mask wearing, regular handwashing and by staying home if feeling sick.

The University thanks staff and students for their commitment and efforts to look after each other up to this point and into the immediate future as we continue to learn how to live and adapt to the changing nature of the pandemic.