The Victorian Government is cracking down on rogue medical practitioners who make false statements about a child’s ability to be immunised with tough new No Jab No Play requirements.
Victorian Minister for Health Jill Hennessy and Victorian Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos will introduce changes that will mean letters and other documents produced by GPs or other immunisation providers will no longer be acceptable as proof of immunisation.
Under the legislation, only Immunisation History Statements from the Australian Immunisation Register will be accepted as evidence of a medical reason why a child is not immunised when enrolling in childcare or kindergarten under No Jab No Play laws.
This means false and misleading vaccination exemptions written up by dodgy doctors – which put community health and safety at risk – will no longer be accepted for enrolment into early childhood facilities.
The amendments will also simplify the process for early childhood providers of assessing a child’s immunisation for the purposes of enrolment. Enrolment will only be confirmed once the Immunisation History Statement has been provided – instead of assessing a range of different documents.
Parents will also need to provide these statements – and early childhood services will need to collect them – at regular intervals to verify that a child attending a service has received all the necessary immunisations for their age.
Consultation will be undertaken with the early childhood sector to determine appropriate intervals for the new periodic checks. This amendment aims to further increase immunisation rates by adding additional prompts to parents and guardians to ensure their child’s immunisation status is up to date.
In October 2017, Victoria achieved its best ever immunisation coverage with nearly 95 per cent of 5-year old kids now protected against preventable and serious life-threatening diseases. This shows the Government’s work to improve immunisation rates and dispel myths about vaccination are working.
To receive reminders of when your child’s immunisations are due, download the VaxOnTime Victoria app.
Source: Vic Government