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New Zealand rules to make vaccines mandatory for port workers

The New Zealand government has decided to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for the country’s port workers. Government officials had hinted they might make this official last week and yesterday they pressed ahead with the ruling, something that was backed up by local maritime unions.

In total, around 1,800 airport and port frontline workers will now need to be vaccinated in order to do their job, Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said.

Just over 50% of active port workers have been fully vaccinated in New Zealand to date. Cases of ships arriving from overseas with Covid-hit seafarers continue to make headlines in the country.

Governments forcing citizens to take Covid-19 jabs are becoming more commonplace. Yesterday, Emanuel Macron, the president of France, gave a September 15 deadline for all health workers to get fully vaccinated.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. The clueless NZ government….the very government that won’t give money to mental health services to stop the suicide rate, but gives nearly $3 million to a gang that is responsible for the methamphetamine distribution, for drug education!!! The worst government in history and now forcing an experimental drug on to port workers who need their job to feed their families. Dr Josef Mengele would be proud. They have no choice. Already at leadtone healthy port worker has died from the vaccine. Now the FDA in the US has issued a warning about the J&J vaccine, but the NZ govt too stupid to look at the facts.

    1. Bless. Why have you changed your moniker?
      Why are you telling lies?
      Too stupid to look at the facts aren’t you.

      1. What facts, what lies ? That port workers should be vaxxed or lose their jobs ? That s exactly what the article says, doesn’t it ?

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