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Covid-19 High Court quashes unlawful vaccine mandate for Police and Defence Force Staff

Updated: Mar 13


Unvaccinated police officers and NZDF staff challenged the order in the High Court. Lawyers argued, among other things, the mandate did "not allow consideration of exceptional individual circumstances [and] does not allow other ways to keep people safe, for example regular testing or working from home”. In a judgment released on Friday, Justice Cooke concluded "the order does not involve a reasonable limit on the applicants' rights that can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society, and that is unlawful.

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