New Zealand Chases the Unvaccinated
New Zealand's pending Prime Minister recently reconfirmed that the local vaccination policy requiring everyone to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will continue in 2023.
According to a Bloomberg report on January 21, 2023, the former COVID minister will soon become New Zealand's prime minister.
This vaccination philosophy is synergistic with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) November 2022 statement that all eligible travelers to New Zealand should be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.
Furthermore, the CDC suggests international travelers should ensure they are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip abroad in 2023.
This suggestion includes measles vaccinations.
New Zealand's 2019–2020 measles outbreak was an epidemic that primarily impacted the Auckland region.
To alert travelers, the CDC published a Watch-Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions notice regarding measles as an ongoing risk worldwide on December 1, 2022.
Furthermore, New Zealand's northern neighbor of India is confronting an ongoing measles outbreak in 2023, with over 12,000 cases impacting various areas last year.