No vax, no school, no child­care

Daily Mercury - - NEWS NATION & WORLD - – Ally Foster

PAR­ENTS in Vic­to­ria who refuse to vac­ci­nate their chil­dren will not be able to en­rol them in schools and child­care cen­tres.

Un­der a tight­en­ing of the state’s No Jab No Play laws, if a par­ent wants to en­rol their un­vac­ci­nated child in pri­mary school or day­care they must pro­vide proof of a se­ri­ous med­i­cal con­di­tion that pre­vents vac­ci­na­tion.

Pre­vi­ously, child­care ser­vices and kinder­gartens could not en­rol chil­dren un­less doc­u­ments were pro­vided stat­ing a child was either fully im­mu­nised for their age, on a catch-up vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram or suf­fer­ing from a med­i­cal con­di­tion that meant they could not be im­mu­nised.

Anti-vaxxers have been able to get around these re­quire­ments by find­ing doc­tors who are will­ing to pro­vide them with a let­ter or doc­u­ments, but these loop­holes will be closed un­der the leg­is­la­tion to be in­tro­duced into par­lia­ment this week.

Par­ents must in­stead pro­vide an of­fi­cial state­ment from the Aus­tralian Im­mu­ni­sa­tion Reg­is­ter.

Child­care cen­tres will un­dergo reg­u­lar au­dits to en­sure all chil­dren en­rolled are up to date with their im­mu­ni­sa­tion, with par­ents risk­ing hav­ing their chil­dren’s en­rol­ment can­celled if they are found to be un­vac­ci­nated.

The stricter leg­is­la­tion comes af­ter Mel­bourne GP John Piesse had his med­i­cal li­cence sus­pended when it was re­vealed he was help­ing an­ti­vaxxers get around the im­mu­ni­sa­tion laws.

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