Evidence Required Of Parents And Carers With New Vaccination Procedure

Evidence Required Of Parents And Carers With New Vaccination Procedure

South Australia Minister for Education and Child Development Susan Close

New Vaccination Procedure For State Early Childhood Services

Victor P Taffa

Parents and carers whose children are enrolled in a government preschool or care service will be asked to provide evidence of their child’s immunisation status under a new procedure aimed at protecting children against vaccine preventable diseases (VPD).

“This procedure will assist early childhood services to act swiftly and ensure unvaccinated children have minimal exposure to vaccine preventable diseases that may exist at the site.” Minister for Education and Child Development Susan Close said.

“Children’s immune systems are still developing in their early years, and immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way to protect them and others in the community by reducing the spread of disease.”

Vaccination procedure formalises a practice already used by a number of state early childhood services, and will apply to children at preschools, rural care, occasional care, family day care and respite care services.

Recording the immunisation status of all enrolled children allows measures to be taken to protect unvaccinated children that may be at risk of catching or spreading an infectious VPD.

If a VPD is present at a site, children who do not have up-to-date immunisation records will not be permitted to attend for a period of time that will be determined by SA (South Australia) Health.

 

Background

Department for Education and Child Development aims to fully implement the procedure statewide by the start of Term 2, 2017.

The move comes as the Health Minister presses forward with a plan to introduce legislation this year that will see child care centres given the legal right to refuse enrolment to children who’ve not been vaccinated.