Vaccine passes required at libraries and swimming pools in Timaru district



A vaccine pass can be created by going online or calling for a hard copy.

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A vaccine pass can be created by going online or calling for a hard copy.

Vaccine passes will be required for anyone wishing to use the Timaru District Council swimming pools, libraries, guest services, art gallery and museum, starting Friday.

People will also need to prove their immunization status before attending any council, committee or community council meeting, according to a statement released on Wednesday.

The mandate also applies to all staff working in council facilities across the district.

Staff without a pass will work on a limited number of alternative services, according to the council.

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My Vaccine Pass is an official record of a person’s vaccination status and will need to enter certain events and locations across New Zealand from 11:59 p.m. Thursday, when the traffic light system begins.

Board mandate, for persons 12 years of age or older, does not apply to building inspections, environmental health, licensing, parking and animal control, Redruth and District transfer stations , at public toilets and at Timaru airport, but Air New Zealand requires a vaccination card or clear test within 72 hours to be allowed to board the plane.

The mandate also applies to all staff working in council facilities across the district.  (File photo)

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The mandate also applies to all staff working in council facilities across the district. (File photo)

Timaru District Council Director General Bede Carran said the council had put “a lot of work” into understanding the risks while shaping its local response to the government’s protection framework.

“Our priority is the overall health and well-being of our local community,” Carran said.

“With the overwhelming majority of our community now vaccinated, we have made these decisions to ensure the highest level of protection for everyone.

Carran said a “large number” of people who used the council’s facilities were from high-risk groups, such as the elderly and young children, who could not be vaccinated.

“By ensuring that all of our staff are vaccinated, we can reassure our community that people who work in the community every day are at a much lower risk of transmitting Covid.”

He said the council recommended people “take the opportunity to get vaccinated as soon as they can.”

“Our approach will provide some certainty in the traffic light system, but we will continue to speak to our community and stakeholders to make sure we have the right settings for the long term.

“It will be a difficult time as we all learn to live in the new setting, and I would ask people to be patient with our frontline board staff who work hard to keep the community safe.”

Timaru District Council services requiring vaccination pass for persons aged 12 and over:

  • Caroline Bay Trust Aoraki Center and District Pools (Temuka, Geraldine, Pleasant Point
  • Southern Trust Events Center – other Aorangi Park facilities will have their own requirements, contact your sport club for more information
  • Consulting client services (main building and service centers)
  • Libraries, museum and art gallery
  • Council, committee and community council meetings

Facilities that will not require vaccine passes:

  • Building inspections, environmental health, permits, parking and animal control – places visited by staff will not have to be vaccine pass sites
  • Redruth and District Transfer Stations
  • Public toilets
  • Timaru Airport Terminal – vaccination cards are not required to enter the terminal, but Air New Zealand requires a vaccination card or clear test within 72 hours for you to board the aircraft .


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