No more conscientious or Interim objection forms!
Last night and this morning, 14th Sept 2017, I watched NSW Parliament webcast discuss new requirements for vaccinations and childcare enrollment. Parliament has passed a Bill to amend the Public Health Act. Parents that do not have fully vaccinated children will now lose further portion of their family benefits including a deduction in their fortnightly payments AND the once accepted conscientious and interim objection forms will be declined. The NSW Government Health website have updated their Q&A vaccination requirements for child care page which now states:
“The NSW Parliament has passed a Bill to amend the Public Health Act to strengthen vaccination enrolment requirements in child care (also known as early childhood education and care). From 1 January 2018:
- children who are unvaccinated due to their parent’s conscientious objection will no longer be able to be enrolled in child care
- it will be an offence (with a penalty of 50 penalty units) for a principal to fail to comply with the child care vaccination enrolment requirements
- it will be an offence (with a penalty of 50 penalty units) for a person to forge or falsify a vaccination certificate.”
Children that can not be vaccinated for a medical reason and have a medical exemption form can still attend. The legislation will also allow public health officers to exclude unvaccinated children from secondary schools when there is a disease outbreak.
What does fully vaccinated mean?
A child must be up to date with ALL vaccines on the NSW Immunisation Schedule or be on a recognised catch-up schedule with a vaccination provider or GP.
Do parents still have a choice?
Yes but not to attend early childhood education and care. Unvaccinated children from Jan 2018 will not be able to enroll so other arrangements need to be made.
Where is the media coverage on this?
The Australian Department of Human Services haven’t updated their website since last month and there hasn’t been any coverage on “No Jab No Play” and no longer accepting the objection forms as yet. So I wonder if this is really happening? Also, does ‘childhood education and care’ include Preschool in NSW?
Thousands more parents across Australia will be denied Centrelink payments if they fail to immunise their kids.#9News | http://9News.com.au
Posted by 9 News on Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Ch 9, Today program’s interview discussing No Jab No Pay.
What if I have more questions about the new requirements?
Please contact your local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055.