Immunisation legislation passes Parliament
The No Jab, No Pay initiative from the Federal government has passed Parliament paving the way to lift immunisation rates amongst children.
Diseases like polio, tetanus and diphtheria pose a grave threat to our children and immunisation is the most effective method of protection according to the Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams.
He said from the 1st of January next year parents will need to ensure their child’s immunisations are up to date to continue receiving Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and Family Tax Benefit –A payment.
Senator Williams said people who object to vaccinations on the basis of personal or philosophical beliefs will no longer be able to access the payments, and while it is their free choice it will have a financial impact on them.
Exemptions will still apply for children who have a natural immunity or allergies to specific medicines if diagnosed by a medical practitioner.
“The benefits for the broader community of an effective immunisation programme cannot be discounted.
Currently Australia has a childhood immunisation rate of 92% but a rate of 95% is required to stop the spread of diseases like measles and whooping cough.
We won’t compromise on the protection of our children”, Senator Williams said.