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Covid-19 Vaccination Policy frequently asked questions 

 

These frequently asked questions (FAQs) have been compiled in response to feedback and questions raised in consultation on the Wintec Covid-19 Vaccination Policy.

This is a working document, and we will update it as more questions and answers arise. 

For answers to frequently asked questions on Covid-19 visit Wintec Covid-19 FAQs.

 

General

What is Wintec’s decision on a vaccination policy?

At Wintec, full (double dose) current Covid-19 vaccination (or a valid medical exemption) is a requirement for anyone attending our campuses or undertaking face-to-face activities in 2022. This requirement will come into effect on Monday 14 February 2022. It is required that all kaimahi/staff and ākonga/students should have their first vaccine by Monday 10 January 2022. 

Ākonga, kaimahi, contractors, manuhiri/visitors, and our Te Tiriti partners that engage in Wintec activities onsite will be required to be fully vaccinated in 2022, unless otherwise exempted.

If you are attending, studying, working at, or visiting Wintec in 2022, vaccination will be required, regardless of the traffic light level that the region is operating in. Those who are not yet vaccinated should have their first vaccination by Monday 10 January 2022 and their second by Monday 14 February 2022.

Some programmes of learning may require kaimahi and ākonga to attend Wintec prior to Monday 10 January 2022. In these situations, the first vaccination should occur before you attend the start of the programme/course and the second vaccination date of Monday 14 February 2022 applies.

This policy affects everyone across our Wintec community, and it is adopted in response to public health requirements to Covid-19. It is an extension of manaakitanga to all who engage in Wintec activities, combined with our duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, to ensure the health and safety of all. 

View the Wintec Covid-19 Vaccination Policy.

Wintec is part of Te Pūkenga. As a subsidiary we also align to the default position on Covid-19 vaccination for Te Pūkenga.

How long will the vaccination requirement be in place for? 

We do not know how long this requirement will be in place. Our policy will allow us to adapt to the rapidly changing Covid-19 environment. This policy will be reviewed as the public health response changes but at intervals not greater than six months.

Will face coverings remain a requirement on campus if everyone is vaccinated?

Face coverings are a health protection measure at all levels of the Covid-19 Protection Framework. They are encouraged at Green, strongly recommended at Orange (and required in any situation where physical distancing of 1m is difficult to maintain), and required at Red, unless an exemption applies. The requirement at Red includes all indoor settings, as per the guidance from the Ministry of Education.

    Vaccinations

    What does fully vaccinated mean?

    For the purpose of the Wintec Policy, we have determined that being fully vaccinated is when you have had two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. Your status as fully vaccinated will need to be verified by your My Vaccine Pass.

    Booster shots are available to help top up the protection for those who have had their second vaccination more than six months ago. The booster is not a requirement for 'full vaccination' at this stage, but Wintec will continue to be guided by the Government and Ministry of Health advice.

    What is considered as proof of vaccination?

    The My Vaccine Pass issued by the Ministry of Health is proof of vaccination. 

    Will medical exemptions be accepted?

    Yes, medical exemptions from the Ministry of Health will be accepted, and those medically exempt are issued with a valid My Vaccine Pass which can be verified by the Wintec process. 

    What if I don’t want to be vaccinated? 

    This policy does not force you to be vaccinated. That decision remains entirely a matter of personal choice, and Wintec respects your right to choose. 

    How do I let Wintec know my vaccination status? 

    Ākonga/students: Please add your details including name, date of birth, and vaccination details to the Student Covid-19 Vaccination Form.

    Kaimahi/staff: Please add your details including name, date of birth, and vaccination details to the Staff Covid-19 Vaccination Form.

    Who do I talk to about my vaccination status? 

    Ākonga/students: You can call 0800 2 Wintec or 0800 294 6832 or email us at help@wintec.ac.nz. If you’re visiting Wintec you can speak to one of our staff at the Student Enrolment and Information Centre in the City Campus, or in the hub for our Rotokauri Campus.

    Kaimahi/staff: You can email us at safetyandwellbeing@wintec.ac.nz and a People and Culture team member will get in contact with you.

    If you need to talk to someone outside of Wintec for vaccination advice or support, contact the Covid Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26. 

    I need support for my mental wellbeing, who can I contact? 
    • If you are feeling overwhelmed or just want to talk, Wintec counsellors are available for phone-based support. Email healthservices@wintec.ac.nz to book a session.
    • We have also made our external Benestar counselling and wellbeing service available to students. Contact them on 0800 360 364 or email counsellingsupportnz@benestar.com. You will need to advise you are a Wintec student.
    • You can free call or text 1737 to talk to a trained counsellor for free through the Ministry of Health.
    • International students, please email internationalhelp@wintec.ac.nz to speak to our advisors.
    • Email us at help@wintec.ac.nz and we will do our best to put you in touch with the help you need.

    Do you need to be vaccinated to visit a café or business operating onsite at Wintec campuses?

    Yes, if you visit or meet at a café, retailer, or business partner operating on Wintec campuses, your My Vaccine Pass will be required by the vendor under the Covid-19 Protection Framework vaccination rules for that business.

    Does this policy apply to people attending events at Wintec and Wintec events offsite?

    Yes, all people attending internal or external events at Wintec eg, events at The Atrium, Wintec Graduation, or Open Day, will be required to have a My Vaccine Pass and the Verifier App will be used to confirm their vaccination status.

    Ākonga/students

    If I choose not to be vaccinated, will I still be able to continue studying and complete my courses?

    We will work with students who choose not to be vaccinated to find a solution (where possible) for them to complete their studies.

    There may be limitations on the courses open to you for enrolment, your eligibility to participate in work-based learning or activities that may impact your ability to complete your programme.

    We are committed to working with anyone, kaimahi and ākonga, who is not vaccinated, to support and work through any reasonable alternative options for them to continue to work or study at Wintec. This is outlined in our policy. There will be some instances where unvaccinated people can't work or study. We will continue to work with people on this. 

    See below for options to study online.

    What Wintec programmes/modules are available online?
    The following Wintec centres offer programmes and modules than can be studied online:

    Design Factory NZ
    • Post Graduate Certificate of Innovation and Master of Applied Innovation

    Centre for Education and Foundation Pathways
    • Certificate of Health and Wellbeing – can be studied online but students must be in employment
    • Certificate in Computing
    • Graduate Diploma in Information Technology in Education

    Centre for Sport and Human Performance

    Modules only but not programmes


    Centre for Applied Science and Primary Industries
    • Modules in Agribusiness Management and Landscape Design

    School of Media Arts
    • Masters and Honours programmes on a case-by-case basis

    Centre for Business and Enterprise

    Please enquire as there is potential for degree and graduate diploma programmes to be delivered online depending on class sizes and NZQA approval.

    LearningWorks
    • Introduction to Team Leadership 3 – awards the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Introduction to Team Leadership) (Level 3)
    • First Line Management 4 – awards the New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management) (Level 4)
    • Adult and Tertiary Teaching 4 – awards the New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 4)


    Other online programme options are being considered, with more information coming in 2022, so please keep in touch with us as we want to do what we can to help you continue your studies. 

    What is the final date I can submit a My Vaccine Pass for Semester 1 2022?

    Monday 14 February 2022. If you are attending, studying, working at, or visiting Wintec in 2022, vaccination will be required, regardless of the traffic light level that the region is operating in. Those who are not yet vaccinated should have their first vaccination by Monday 10 January 2022 and their second by Monday 14 February 2022.

    Some programmes of learning may require kaimahi and ākonga to attend Wintec prior to Monday 10 January 2022. In these situations, the first vaccination should occur before you attend the start of the programme/course and the second vaccination date of Monday 14 February 2022 applies.

    New students need to provide this information as part of the application process.

    Do I need to carry my My Vaccine Pass when attending in-person activities such as classes, labs, studios, theatres, clinics, or libraries?

    Yes. You may be required to show your vaccine pass if required/requested. 

    Am I required to have a My Vaccine Pass to enrol in courses with off-campus activities such as field trips, practicums, data collection, or work experience?

    Yes, and your My Vaccine Pass must be provided as required/requested.

    I have a medical exemption, but I am not prepared to come to campus for safety reasons. Can I continue my studies?

    If you have concerns about attending campus, please contact your tutor or email help@wintec.ac.nz to discuss your situation. Some students may be able to progress their studies without undertaking subjects with compulsory in-person requirements (either on campus or in an off-campus setting). Where this is not possible, Wintec will provide advice on what options may be available to you.

    How does the Wintec policy relate to Te Tiriti o Waitangi?

    Wintec is committed to giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi in all of our activities – governance, management and operations as we deliver equity and inclusion for and with Māori. Given the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 for Māori, we are acutely aware of the additional risk and therefore impact for kaimahi Māori, akōnga Māori, whānau, hapū, iwi, and Māori communities throughout our region. In this regard, Wintec acknowledges that our Covid-19 Vaccination Policy needs to be supported by an approach, information, support, and resources designed with and for Māori.

    I am akōnga Māori/a Māori student and would like to access vaccination information and resources for Māori. Where can I find this?

    You can find Covid-19 information on:

    You can find support at Wintec from Te Kete Kōnae and our team of kaiāwhina.

    I am a Pacific student and would like to access information and resources for Pacific peoples. Where can I find this?

    The Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ website is a trusted resource for information on and booking vaccines, with support for individuals, families, and businesses also available.

    You can find support at Wintec from Te Kete Kōnae and our team of kaiāwhina.

    Will Wintec Health Services be available for students?

    Wintec Health Services remains available, some appointments may be conducted virtually. Health services may not limit the level of care available to unvaccinated people and special processes and procedures will be in place to support this.

    Is Kidz@Wintec available?

    Kidz@Wintec, our licensed onsite early learning centre remains open. Children can attend early learning services, playgroups, schools, and kura at Red, Orange, and Green of the Covid-19 Protection Framework, and must follow public health measures.

    How will Wintec protect the privacy of my personal information? 

    All information is collected as part of Privacy Act requirements. 

    International

    I received my Covid-19 vaccination overseas – is this acceptable to Wintec?

    If you received your vaccination overseas, you should check the Ministry of Health’s advice to see if your vaccine is approved by the COVID Vaccination Technical Advisor Group and apply to have your vaccination record from overseas added to New Zealand’s COVID Immunisation Register (CIR). You need to do this before you can get My Vaccine Pass.

    The New Zealand International Students’ Association has put together a step-by-step guide to help international students if they are having difficulty with their vaccination pass.

    International students have three options to apply for their My Vaccine Pass:

    1. Apply using a verified RealMe account
    2. Call 0800 222 478
    3. Apply via a participating pharmacy

    To find out more information visit: Additional advice for international students – Education in New Zealand.

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