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Health Minister accepts confusing messaging on teacher access to RATs

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Publish Date
Fri, 18 Feb 2022, 8:26am
Andrew Little. (Photo / NZ Herald)
Andrew Little. (Photo / NZ Herald)

Health Minister accepts confusing messaging on teacher access to RATs

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 18 Feb 2022, 8:26am

The Health Minister accepts there has been confusing messaging on whether teachers should be able to access rapid antigen tests. 

Officials say RATs will only be available to school staff if they're close contacts and must be back at school - and schools should have planned for scenarios where some teachers and students isolate at home. 

But Andrew Little says under the rules, teachers should have access to tests. 

He told Mike Hosking he accepts the issue is creating a lot of frustration and anxiety in schools. 

“If the message isn’t getting through, then we’ve got to take responsibility for that, I’ve seen some of the correspondence from teachers and teachers’ organisations.” 

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