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Schools no longer required to keep register of vaccinated students

Schools will not be required to keep records of students who have been vaccinated or not.

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Schools will not be required to keep records of students who have been vaccinated or not.

Schools will not be required to keep vaccination records for their students, despite initial advice asking them to do so.

The Education Department has rescinded its instructions for schools to keep records of students who have received the Covid-19 vaccine, or those who have not.

The law was passed on October 11, as part of an announcement about mandatory vaccinations for education workers.

The department’s head of operation and integration, Sean Teddy, said the base was originally set up to support health authorities.

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But under the traffic light system, there will be new contact tracing systems.

“Since the Department of Health no longer requires schools and kura to keep a vaccination record for students, there was no reason to keep this requirement.”

Schools are prohibited from requiring proof of student vaccination if they are trying to access education.

“Every child is entitled to an education in New Zealand, and this should not be denied based on their vaccination status or their parents’ choice,” Teddy said. “If school leaders find this useful, they can continue to request this information for their own purposes.”

Under the traffic light system, schools will need to start implementing contract tracking systems where infections emerge, including compiling spreadsheets to identify close contacts.

New Zealand Principals’ Association President Perry Rush said school administrative work was growing “significantly” under the traffic light system, and only vaccine records had been added to it.

The Education Ministry said that schools cannot require proof of vaccine status for children wishing to receive an education.  (file image)

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The Education Ministry said that schools cannot require proof of vaccine status for children wishing to receive an education. (file image)

“If every young man is given education as a right and cannot be left out, what is the point of collecting the record?

“The [contact tracing] The requirements are quite detailed about keeping records of where young people are in school, what they do and who they are associated with, and submitting this to health authorities where there may be a case in schools.

This was at the head of schools’ primary responsibility for teaching and supporting learning, Rush said.

The traffic light system will be effective for schools from January 1, 2022.

Currently, those over 12 can get the Pfizer vaccine, and children ages 5 to 11 are expected to be eligible before the end of January.

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