16 Nov 2021

Covid-19: Principal on vaccine mandate

From Morning Report, 8:10 am on 16 November 2021

Schools across the country have jumped several hurdles to keep staff on-board, as the mandate for workers to get their first Covid-19 vaccine comes into effect.

The principal of a school where all teachers have had the vaccine is urging other education leaders to be patient with staff who are refusing it.

Ash Maindonald of Western Heights School in Auckland urges others to get alongside staff who aren't on board.

He told Morning Report the the school has a culture predicated on staff treating every student like they were their child.

"On that basis staff based a good portion of their decision on what is best for our tamariki and our staff whānau."