Victoria has passed legislation which means doctors will no longer be able to make false statements about a child’s ability to be immunised
The Andrews Labor Government says it is cracking down on “rogue practitioners” and that its “No Jab No Play” laws are here to stay.
The new legislation means letters and other documents produced by GPs or other immunisation providers will no longer be accepted as proof of immunisation.
Only Immunisation History Statements from the Australian Immunisation Register will be accepted as evidence of immunisation or of medical exemption to vaccination when a child is enrolled.
“We’ve taken action to slam the door shut on rogue doctors who peddle lies about vaccinations and put our kids in danger,” says Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy.
“There’s no two ways about it: immunisations save lives.
“People who tout misinformation about the health and safety of Victorian kids have to be stopped in their tracks – and that’s exactly what we’ve done.”
The Government says the legislation is planned to shut the door “on dodgy, anti-vax doctors who write up false vaccination exemptions and put our kids at risk of deadly, vaccine-preventable diseases”.
The new laws also simplify the process of enrolling children in early childhood services, for parents and services alike.
Victoria recently attained its herd immunity target of 95%, its best immunisation coverage to date.
The latest figures from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register show that 95.% of five-year-olds are now fully immunised in Victoria.
From November, parents will be required to provide Immunisation History Statements to early childhood services at regular intervals – and not just upon enrolment – ensuring children’s immunisations are up to date.
“Our No Jab No Play laws are non-negotiable and they’re here to stay, because we want as many children as possible immunised and protected from life-threatening illnesses,” says Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos.
“Immunising your child not only protects you and your family, but other children in the community. The science is crystal clear.”