Jacinda Ardern has announced sweeping changes to New Zealand’s COVID-19 restrictions, axing the My Vaccine Pass and removing vaccine mandates in almost all industries.
Vaccine passes are being axed in New Zealand, with mandates being removed in almost all industries.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the changes on Wednesday as she unveiled the country’s post-Omicron peak plan.
Ms Ardern said cases had decreased significantly in Auckland, with a decline expected across the nation by early April.
She added there had been more than 500,000 reported cases of COVID-19 in the country of five million, although “expert modellers say there have probably been 1.7 million actual infections”.
“That figure, coupled with 95 per cent of New Zealanders being fully vaccinated, means we now have a high level of collective immunity,” Ms Ardern said.
“New Zealanders have worked incredibly hard to get through this pandemic and as a result of those efforts we are now in a position to move forward and change the way we do things.
“First up we have simplified the COVID-19 Protection Framework to target restrictions at those activities that reduce transmission the most.”
As part of the sweeping changes, New Zealanders will no longer have to prove they are vaccinated to enter venues covered under My Vaccine Pass from early next month.