WEST­ERN AUSTRALIA TIGHT­ENS RESTRIC­TIONS ON UN­VAC­CI­NATED CHIL­DREN

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Melbourne:

Aussie par­ents in the state of West­ern Australia (WA) will no longer be able to en­roll their chil­dren in preschool or child­care un­less they are fully vac­ci­nated un­der new laws in­tro­duced on Mon­day.

Known as the “No Jab, No Play” pol­icy, the laws aim to im­prove WA’s vac­ci­na­tion rates which are among the low­est in the coun­try.

Sim­i­lar rules al­ready ex­ist in the states of New South Wales, Vic­to­ria and Queens­land.

“Vac­ci­na­tion saves lives; it is that sim­ple,” WA Health Minister Roger Cook said.

“These leg­isla­tive changes will align WA with other States and as­sist to re­duce the spread of vac­cinepre­ventable dis­ease within the com­mu­nity.” Two-year-olds in WA were recorded as hav­ing the low­est im­mu­ni­sa­tion cov­er­age in Australia with just 90.2 per cent up­take. Xin­hua

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