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Historical moment ... Queenstown Medical Centre nurse Suzie Hilton receives her first Covid-19 vaccination from colleague Liz Taylor at the Isle Street clinic on Saturday, during the first day the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines were administered in the Wakatipu.PHOTO: TRACEY ROXBURGH

By TRACEY ROXBURGH

Queenstown’s council says it ‘‘could be seen as prejudicial’’ to disclose if unvaxxed employees, unable to work from home, are still on full pay.

In response to a Mountain Scene media inquiry, council’s HR manager Chris Shield says
of the 587 individual employees at council — including part-timers — nine have chosen not to be vaccinated.

There are another 14 who have only had one dose, or have chosen not to disclose their vax status.

In a report to this month’s Audit, Finance & Risk committee, council’s people and capability director Megan Pagey said following December’s move to the Covid protection framework, and subsequent internal consultation, council’s executive leadership team decided all council employees needed to be vaccinated to enter council facilities from
February 26.

‘‘A commitment has also been made to make all efforts to preserve the employment relationship through alternate methods for unvaccinated staff who are impacted by this decision,’’ the report said.

Shields tells Scene almost three weeks in, council staff who aren’t vaxxed and can’t work from home are still classified as employees, but won’t comment on their remuneration status.

‘‘Because there are so few staff in this situation it could be seen as prejudicial for council to discuss their remuneration and benefits.’’

Shields says the requirement for all staff to be vaxxed will be reviewed on April 26, ‘‘unless the Ministry of Health changes the vaccination requirements beforehand’’.

tracey.roxburgh@scene.co.nz