Lobby New Zealand is frustrated to declare today that New Zealand has, and is in the midst of, a border management crisis.

Following information released by the Ministry of Health over the last few days, it has become increasingly clear that New Zealand has had a botched vaccination roll-out campaign of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination, aimed at New Zealand’s frontline health and border workers. Due to this botched vaccination campaign, three new COVID-19 cases related to unvaccinated border workers at the Grand Millennium Hotel in Auckland have arised.

The cause of this outbreak could not be clearer; the Government has botched a seismically important vaccination campaign. New information is now suggesting that twenty percent of border staff are yet to be vaccinated. This number is unacceptable. The New Zealand Government has had two months to complete its vaccination efforts at the border.

For New Zealand’s stunning consecutive streaks of no new community transmission of the SARS-COV-2 virus to continue, the Government must resolve its utter mess. New Zealanders deserve much better from a Government which promised to put COVID-19 at the forefront of its agenda. Right now, New Zealand should not be putting up with any crisis at the hands of the Government.


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