3 Nov 2021

Principals under pressure as vaccine deadline approaches

From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 3 November 2021
school children with protection masks against flu virus at lesson in classroom

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As a deadline looms for teachers to be vaccinated to be allowed in school, some principals are being presented with questionable exemption certificates, causing much confusion.

Homeopaths and midwives are signing off on medical exemptions for teachers who won't be vaccinated.

Some are paying $100 for these exemptions.

The Post Primary Principals Association says principals have inadequate information, are under pressure and confused as to how to deal with staff who choose not be vaccinated.

The cut off is November 15th, two weeks away,  for school and early childhood staff who have contact with children to get their first vaccination or be banned from coming on site.

Principals estimate several thousand teachers are resisting a government order to get vaccinated. 

Kathryn speaks with PPTA president Melanie Webber and Vaughan Couillault is the President of the Secondary Principals Association and the Principal of Papatoetoe High School.