Sealord is hoping consulting staff over vaccinations will avoid needing a mandate. The Nelson-based company has been consulting with staff about a possible vaccine mandate and Sealord chief executive Doug Paulin says as the country moves from a strategy of eliminating Covid-19 to mitigation it wants to ensure all staff feel safe when they come to work. A staff survey showed 70 per cent supported a mandate, about 20 per cent vaccinated staff believe people have the right to make their own decision and about 10 per cent who were against a mandate. The aim is to reach 85 per cent of staff vaccinated by 24 January next year… to protect staff and the business.