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Hospitality workers on the front line now have Covid-19 vaccination fast track

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The Ministry of Health has confirmed that customer-facing hospitality staff can priority book vaccinations.

The Ministry is encouraging all essential workers (which includes customer-facing hospitality workers in this context) to book their vaccinations online, where they should be able to secure a suitable time quite quickly. There are a wide range of places around New Zealand where people can be vaccinated.  

If, for some reason hospitality essential workers cannot find a suitable appointment within the next two weeks, the Ministry of Health suggest they call the COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26, identify themselves as an essential worker in a customer-facing hospitality role and someone will assist them to arrange a suitable time. They will not be required to provide a code or any further information.  All calls are free and the team is available from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

If you have any further questions about priority vaccinations for essential workers, please email

For the latest information you can also go to and www.covid19.govt.nzwebsites. Trusted information in te reo Māori and English can be found at   

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