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Vaccine Pass needed to enter most WCC facilities; staff vaccinations mandatory

News from Wellington City Council
Tomorrow night Pōneke will move to Orange in the new COVID-19 Protection Framework (the Traffic Lights system), and Wellingtonians will be required to show their COVID Vaccine Pass (CVP) at most of the Council’s public facilities. COVID Vaccine Passes will be mandatory for all visitors 12 years, 3 months and over to the Council’s

  • Swimming pools
  • Recreation centres
  • Gyms
  • Libraries
  • Cemetery office and chapels
  • and the Service Centre.

Staff working in facilities requiring a CVP must have had at least one vaccination and be double vaccinated by Monday 17 January.

Parks, playgrounds, cemetery exteriors, and public toilets will operate with QR code scanning and mask requirements in place.

Wellington City Council CEO Barbara McKerrow says guidance from the Government and feedback from a staff consultation has led to the implementation of these measures for the safety and well-being of all.

“We have received good feedback from our staff on the new Vaccine Policy, and along with guidance from the Government, we are now implementing COVID Vaccine Pass requirements across our venues, sites and facilities.

“As we implement these changes to our over 400 services, we ask Wellington residents to be patient, understanding and kind as we adjust to this new phase of the pandemic, and all do our part in keeping our communities safe.

“I’d also like to acknowledge the good mahi our staff has done to help implement this new system in a short period of time.”

Any changes to a region’s Traffic Light setting will be dictated by vaccination, the state of the health system, testing, contact tracing and case management capacity, as well as the rate and effect of COVID-19 transmission.

The Government will review settings and provide an update on Monday 13 December. The next update following that will be on Monday 17 January, and will continue on a fortnightly basis.

As new guidance is released by the Government, the Council will adjust its plans accordingly.

All services and facilities will be updated as details for Orange status are confirmed on the Wellington City Council website section dedicated to COVID-19 information, wellington.govt.nz/covid-19.

Please allow extra time as there may be queues due to scanning requirements.

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  1. Max Rashbrooke, 2. December 2021, 11:13

    While I support this move, the extent to which homeless people use libraries, especially as somewhere to spend the day, is going to create huge challenges (assuming that many will find it hard to get vaccine passes), and I hope WCC is prepared for this. [via twitter]

  2. greenwelly, 2. December 2021, 11:39

    Max. DCM were very active in helping to push out vaccinations to the homeless in Wellington, I would assume that are also helping to get them access to Vax passes. They could do it in conjunction with a vaccinating pharmacy that can print passes for you.

  3. Jo, 3. December 2021, 13:07

    Everyone has a right to enter. We all pay rates.

  4. Kara, 3. December 2021, 13:10

    Do the homeless know they can get a printed version of the covid pass at a pharmacy? If someone is sleeping on the street they are unlikely to be up with the latest news.

  5. Matthew Mawkes, 7. December 2021, 9:26

    We’re doing our best to work with pharmacies and print off and laminate My Vaccine Passes. It’s a lot of extra work but also good to see the high uptake of vaccinations for the vulnerable people we’re working with. Matt (DCM).