SIT mandating vaccine passes

The Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) will mandate vaccination passes for all staff, students, contractors and visitors from next year.

Chief executive Onno Mulder released the SIT’s vaccination policy yesterday after extensive consultation with stakeholders, staff and students.

The goal for this policy was the wellbeing of anyone entering any of its campuses, he said.

‘‘Anyone coming on to our campus must know that they can attend campus as safely as possible and not contract an illness that can then be transmitted back to their whanau on return to their community.

‘‘Only employees, learners, directors, visitors and contractors who are fully vaccinated (and can provide evidence of such) are permitted on site; this being to the premises of SIT.’’

All staff, students and visitors would need to show their My Vaccine Pass to enter campus cafes, food outlets and the polytechnic’s recreation facilities.

The policy did not apply to secondary school pupils involved in secondary-tertiary provision at an SIT site, as per Ministry of Education guidelines, he said.

Students who were affected by the policy would be able to continue their studies through the SIT2LRN distance learning programme.

Alternative options would also be discussed with them, he said.

The SIT’s vaccination policy would be reviewed when necessary.

‘‘SIT will meet all Government guidelines and fulfil the requirements of the Covid-19 framework traffic light system.’’