$15,000 fine or 6 months in prison in NZ for not being vaxxed?

$15,000 fine or 6 months in prison in NZ for not being vaxxed?

This came across my bow on Telegram from an American channel with the words.

New Zealand government is sending letters to people without vaxx stating that if they are not vaxxed by June 1, 2022, they will face a $15,000 fine or 6 months in prison

COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020 legislation is changing and from the 1st of June, 2022 it will be mandatory to b vaccinated against Covid-19 SARS-2.

Our records show you have not received your 1st vaccination, this is necessary to keep yourself, your Whanau and the community safe from the harmful effects of Covid-19

Any Full and part time workers (employed or voluntary, private and public) who fall under these rues must receive their first dose of the vaccine by 11.59p, 1st June, 2022. They must receive their second dose by 1st August, 2022. If eligible for a booster, they are required to have this by 11.59pm 1st October, 2022 in line with the changes to the Vaccines Order that came into effect at 11.59 1st April, 2022.

COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020 Legislation has been revised and now includes up to $15,000 fine or 6 months jail time for failing to comply with public health requirements.

To book your vaccination please call the COVID Vaccination healthline on 0900 28 28 26

Thank you once again for all your hard work and dedication in containing COVID-19 for New Zealand.

Nga mihi nui,

Dr Ashley Bloomfield

I have been worried since this COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020 came into force but have found no comments anywhere to tell me more.

Keyboard warriors on Telegram came back to tell me it was “fake” (or that it was for ‘the employed, not the general population’ indicating his/her status and implying that the employed don’t matter) but when I asked WHY it was fake no one would come back.

That would be too much like hard work.  This certainly is aimed at all workers.

I cannot see how this could be fake unless someone wanted to fake a whole letter (signature and all) and photograph it.

It seems pretty clear to me.

I am not conversant enough with interpreting legalese to confirm with the legislation, but here it is.

https://legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2020/0012/latest/LMS344134.html

P.S.This has been sent to me via comments:

I’ve read the latest version of the Act and it says nothing of the sort. Unless you’re deliberately trying to alarm people I suggest you take it down.

“However, a COVID-19 order—
(a) may not apply only to a specific individual:
(b) if made by the Director-General, may apply only within the boundaries described under section 10(a)…”

“13 Effect of COVID-19 orders

(1) A COVID-19 order may not be held invalid just because—
(a) it is, or authorises any act or omission that is, inconsistent with the Health Act 1956 or any other enactment relevant to the subject matter of the order; or
(b) it confers a discretion on any person, or allows any matter or thing to be granted, specified, determined, designated, defined, approved, or disapplied by any person, or allows a person to impose conditions or give directions, whether or not there are prescribed criteria.
——————————————————————-
(2) *** However, subsection (1)(a) does not limit or affect the application of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990.***
——————————————————————–
(3) To avoid doubt, nothing in this Act prevents the filing, hearing, or determination of any legal proceedings in respect of the making or terms of any COVID-19 order.

2 thoughts on “$15,000 fine or 6 months in prison in NZ for not being vaxxed?

  1. Hi, you have a great blog, thank you. But this article is fake news. I’ve read the latest version of the Act and it says nothing of the sort. Unless you’re deliberately trying to alarm people I suggest you take it down.

    “However, a COVID-19 order—
    (a) may not apply only to a specific individual:
    (b) if made by the Director-General, may apply only within the boundaries described under section 10(a)…”

    “13 Effect of COVID-19 orders

    (1) A COVID-19 order may not be held invalid just because—
    (a) it is, or authorises any act or omission that is, inconsistent with the Health Act 1956 or any other enactment relevant to the subject matter of the order; or
    (b) it confers a discretion on any person, or allows any matter or thing to be granted, specified, determined, designated, defined, approved, or disapplied by any person, or allows a person to impose conditions or give directions, whether or not there are prescribed criteria.
    ——————————————————————-
    (2) *** However, subsection (1)(a) does not limit or affect the application of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990.***
    ——————————————————————–
    (3) To avoid doubt, nothing in this Act prevents the filing, hearing, or determination of any legal proceedings in respect of the making or terms of any COVID-19 order.

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