Rural principals around NZ say some schools will be forced to operate online or shut altogether if their teachers haven’t had their first COVID shot. The Government’s “no jab, no job” mandate means teachers could be banned from schools if they fail to have their first vaccination by next Tuesday November 15 and their second by January 1, 2022. Just two of seven teachers and staff at one rural King Country school are vaccinated and its Principal Vanessa Gotz fears the school of 42 children will have to close or operate online. Some staff at the remote school northwest of Taumarunui have medical reasons for refusing the vaccine, for others it’s personal. Fed Farmers Rural Education Spokesperson Wayne Langford says staffing shortages at rural schools are an ongoing problem and the Jab mandate could make that issue even greater.