New Zealand is now at Red and Orange settings. The traffic lights (COVID-19 Protection Framework) protect Aotearoa New Zealand from COVID-19, while allowing people with My Vaccine Pass more freedoms.
My Vaccine Pass: If you are fully vaccinated, you can get a pass online, over the phone or in person at a pharmacy.
TLC's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
The Learning Connexion has made the difficult decision to mandate that all visitors who enter TLC buildings be fully vaccinated, regardless of the traffic light level that the area is operating in.
As you can imagine this has not been an easy decision to make. Ultimately, we believe that mandatory vaccination gives us the safest way to operate TLC in a manner that is as close to normal as possible, alongside our consistent health measures of mask wearing, physical distancing, and good hygiene.
From 17 January 2022 all students, staff, contractors and visitors will need to be fully vaccinated as a condition of being able to come into TLC campus buildings.
For outside spaces, we ask that everyone follow the government recommendations including physical distancing, hand-sanitising and wearing a face covering. The only exceptions will be people who have a valid medical exemption and any persons under 12 years and three months of age.
If you are wanting to come onsite to complete independent study before 31 January 2022, you will need to verify your full vaccination status with TLC by Monday 17 January 2022.
If you are wanting to enrol in onsite classes for Term 1 2022 onwards, you will need to verify your full vaccination status with TLC before the course commences and your enrolment is finalised.
The process is as follows: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following:
1. Your full name
2. Your preferred phone number
3. A copy (or screenshot) of your My Vaccine Pass
After this process has been completed you may not have to show your My Vaccine Pass every time you come onto campus (although we recommend that you keep it with you).
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
What is The Learning Connexion’s (TLC) decision on a vaccination policy?
TLC has confirmed that from 17 January 2022 all students, staff, contractors and visitors will need to be fully vaccinated (regardless of the traffic light level that the area is operating in) as a condition of being able to come into TLC campus buildings. For outside spaces, we ask that everyone follow the government recommendations including physical distancing, hand-sanitising and wearing a face covering.
When will this policy take effect?
It will take effect on 17 January 2022 and will be reviewed after six months, or earlier if conditions or Government requirements warrant it.
Who will this policy apply to?
It will apply to anyone who wishes to come into TLC campus buildings, including students, staff, contractors and visitors. The only exceptions will be people who have a valid medical exemption (see the question ‘Will medical exemptions be accepted?’) and any persons under 12 years and three months of age (see the question ‘Are children booked into kids classes/holiday programme exempt?’).
Will medical exemptions be accepted?
Yes, and this will follow the Ministry of Health’s guidance and requirements for establishing a medical exemption.
Are children booked into kids classes/holiday programme exempt?
Yes, children under the age of 12 year and three months and those who have a medical exemption.
How will TLC ascertain whether someone visiting the campus is fully vaccinated?
TLC will endeavour to verify every student and visitor coming into TLC campus buildings by scanning their My Vaccine Pass using the NZ Pass verifier App. Staff will need to supply their My Covid Record to Culture and Employment.
How will my vaccination information be stored?
Copies of My Vaccine Passes and My Covid records will not be stored. Confirmation that these documents have been sighted will be noted in confidential TLC databases.
What if my personal choice is not to be vaccinated?
TLC recognises that there will be some students and staff who do not wish to be vaccinated. You continue to have that choice, however from 17 January 2022 if you are not fully vaccinated, you will be unable to come into TLC campus buildings (for exceptions, see the question ‘What is The Learning Connexion’s (TLC) decision on a vaccination policy?’).
In adopting this policy, TLC is balancing people’s rights to make their own choices and decisions on vaccination against the rights of our students and staff to study and work in a safe campus environment.
If I don’t want to be vaccinated, I shouldn’t have to. Doesn’t this policy contradict my freedom of choice and rights to bodily autonomy?
This policy does not force you to be vaccinated. That decision remains entirely a matter of personal choice and TLC respects your right to choose. However, if you make that choice then you need to be aware that it will carry consequences which may include limitations on coming onsite to attend classes or do independent study.
Doesn’t this policy discriminate against people who are unable or unwilling to get vaccinated? How does this square with TLC’s equity values?
TLC acknowledges that these are difficult issues that unfortunately pitch some rights and freedoms against others. However, our priority throughout the Covid-19 pandemic has been to protect the health, safety and well-being of our TLC community. This is a legal and ethical duty. In adopting this policy, we are reaffirming that this duty remains our primary concern. While this policy may limit some rights, it reaffirms what we consider to be TLC’s primary responsibility, which is to keep our campus and people safe.
My religious beliefs do not allow me to be vaccinated. Will TLC respect that?
TLC respects your choice not to be vaccinated, however from 17 January 2022 if you are not fully vaccinated you will be unable to come into TLC campus buildings (for exceptions, see the question ‘What is The Learning Connexion’s (TLC) decision on a vaccination policy?’).
If I choose not to be vaccinated, will I still be able to continue studying and complete my courses?
If you choose not to be vaccinated then this will not impact your ability to continue to study and complete your qualification. As your decision will impact your eligibility to come onsite, you can continue to study from home via our Distance Delivery programme.
Can I get a refund of fees if I choose to withdraw?
If you wish to withdraw from your programme as a direct result of our vaccination policy, please contact email@example.com.
How will staff who choose not to get vaccinated be supported? Will staff keep their jobs?
The policy imposes conditions for coming onto campus, not for working at TLC. We will be working through how this approach will impact staff who choose not to be vaccinated over the next couple of months in advance of the policy taking effect on 17 January 2022.
Review of the policy
This policy will be reviewed every six months, or in response to changing government mandates and regulations. This approach reflects the rapidly changing environment, advances in testing and vaccination options, and the inevitable evolution of how we are able to manage living and working with COVID-19 within our communities.
For onsite students, a few things to keep in mind please:
- If you are feeling unwell or have a cold – please stay at home and call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 611 116
- We are asking all staff and students to follow the School Agreement to look after each other and wear a mask when onsite. Mask wearing in confined spaces is strongly recommended in the MOE guidelines
- Use the QR codes to sign into each area you enter
- Where possible, enter and exit from different doors
- Sanitise shared equipment
- Sanitise and clean your working area before you leave at the end of the day
For DD students:
Distance delivery continues as usual.
Key website contacts:
The Learning Connexion
Please remember – if you need help – please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will reply to you as soon as they can.