Social organisations say it undermines their right to housing, and are worried it will become more common once ‘vaccine’ certificates are introduced.

Aaron Hendry, youth housing team leader for Lifewise, said he heard of one whānau who were told they wouldn’t be able to stay at a motel unless they’d been ‘vaccinated’ and had a negative Covid test.

“If you’re homeless and you have to get a negative test, you’re waiting for that to come back. It doesn’t keep you safe in that moment,” he said.

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