Covid-19 has created huge challenges for business owners. See the latest information on the vaccine, its rollout, and what you can do to help make it effective.

As a business owner you know that a community resurgence of COVID-19 risks more lockdowns, disruption and economic uncertainty.

As the COVID-19 vaccine rolls out, and more people are vaccinated, the chances of community transmission is likely to lessen.

The vaccine rollout

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Aotearoa’s largest ever vaccination programme, started on 20 February. The government has purchased enough vaccine for everyone, with a focus on ensuring early access to people most at risk of contracting or being exposed to the virus first. COVID-19 vaccinations are free and available to everyone in New Zealand aged 16 and over.

We have already moved through Group 1 – border and MIQ workers, as well as their household contacts. Now we are into Group 2 – high-risk frontline workers and people living in high-risk places. Those in Group 3 – which focuses on protecting people who are at risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 – are scheduled to start getting their vaccinations from May onwards. The general population, Group 4, is scheduled to get their vaccinations from July onwards.

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