Vaccination requirement at Tonkin + Taylor

What is our vaccination requirement?

Once the COVID-19 Protection Framework is enacted, full vaccination will be required for anyone wanting to access our offices and facilities under the Red and Orange levels of the COVID-19 Protection Framework. This includes our staff, clients, suppliers and all visitors, and will apply to you if you visit our offices and facilities once the COVID-19 Protection Framework is enacted.

What does “vaccinated” mean?

That you have a valid COVID-19 vaccine certificate produced by the New Zealand government.

Why have we decided to do this?

To take all practical measures to provide a safe working environment and prepare our New Zealand businesses to operate safely under the COVID-19 Protection Framework, as there is an increased risk of community transmission at Red and Orange.

Why have we chosen this option?

The risk of community transmission is greater under Red and Orange. This option balances the risk that COVID-19 will enter and spread around our workplaces with impacts on our culture, ease of implementation, client requirements and business continuity requirements. It is in line with the New Zealand Government’s approach in other industries that are subject to stronger mandates.

How did we make this decision?

As per Government guidance, we have taken a risk-based approach and developed specific risk assessments for access to our offices and facilities under the new COVID-19 Protection Framework.  These assessments consider where there is no vaccination requirement and a vaccination requirement and the resulting:

  • Risk of exposure is the risk of COVID-19 entering a workplace and being passed on (transmission)
  • Risk of transmission is the health risk to the individual if they catch COVID-19 in the workplace (risk to the individual) noting that the consequence of health risk is based on the individual’s vaccination status and underlying health conditions

We considered these risks together, then considered:

  • Cultural impacts
  • Ease of implementation
  • Impact on clients and suppliers
  • Need to continually adapt
  • Business continuity requirements
  • Feedback from our people (need, timebound, care, inclusion)

How long will the vaccination requirement be in place?

We don’t know for sure. We will enact this measure while the COVID-19 Protection Framework is in place and will be led by Government requirements and changes to the COVID-19 Protection Framework. We will review our approach prior to any part of the country moving to Green, and at three-month intervals.

For further detail on our vaccination status at Tonkin + Taylor, you can read more here.

If you have any questions please contact us at ask@tonkintaylor.co.nz