- Victorian government to clamp down on anti-vaxxers and ban unvaccinated kids
- Unimmunised children will not be able to enroll into schools or childcare centres
- Parents will have to provide proof of serious medical condition from official body
The Victorian government is set to clamp down on anti-vaxxers with new laws to be introduced banning unvaccinated children being enrolled in schools.
The state’s No Jab No Play rules currently can be avoided with a note from a doctor, but under new legislation they will have to provide proof of a serious medical condition to enroll unvaccinated.
‘The science is crystal clear, vaccinations are safe and save lives,’ Victoria’s health minister Jill Hennessy said.
The Victorian government are set to clamp down on anti-vaxxers with new laws to be introduced banning unvaccinated children being enrolled in schools
The state’s No Jab No Play rules currently can be avoided with a note from a doctor, but under new legislation they will have to provide proof of a serious medical condition
A press conference will be held on Wednesday morning to address the government’s new push to enforce vaccinations on all children within the state.
Under the new laws, parents will not even be able to place children in childcare centres if they are unvaccinated, unless they have a significant medical reason not to be immunised.
‘People who tout misinformation about immunisation are a menace and put the health and safety of children at risk,’ Ms Hennessy said.
‘That’s why we want as many children as possible immunised and protected from life-threatening illnesses.’
Under the current system, parents are able to provide letter from local doctors and GPs that their children have been vaccinated, but changes will demand they provide official confirmation from the Australian Immunisation Register.
They will have to provide AIR documents to prove why their children cannot be vaccinated.
There will also be regular audits of schools and childcare centres to ensure the rules are being enforced.
In October 95 per cent of children aged five were vaccinated, the highest in the state’s history.