Children who aren’t vaccinated will be banned from attending kindergarten, childcare and preschool in South Australia, with the Government giving the green light to a ‘no jab, no play’ proposal.
This follows moves by both Victoria and NSW to implement the policy this year.
Up until today, the No Jab No Play Policy has been under consideration by the government. The Child Development Minister Susan Close confirmed the move this morning. “We know that immunisation saves lives,” said the Minister, speaking to 9 News Adelaide. “We will use every avenue we can to make sure that every child who can be immunised is immunised.”
A boost to immunisation rates
It is anticipated that the policy will boost immunisation rates beyond the current 90%. The move will help protect those who are either too young or unable to be vaccinated on medical grounds.
The policy is now open to public comment before the anticipated introduction at the beginning of 2018.
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The current mandatory National Immunisation Program childhood schedule includes Hepatitis B, whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps and rubella.