Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children will not be able to enrol them in school under new laws being pushed by the state government.
The tightening of Victoria’s No Jab No Play laws will see anti-vax parents forced to provide proof of serious medical conditions if they want to enrol unvaccinated children in primary school or even childcare centres, the Herald Sun reports.
At the moment families are able to get around the Victorian laws with notes from doctors, but the loophole is set to be closed up following the discovery of a network of anti-vax GPS.
The stricter legislation is expected to be introduced by the Andrews Government today. Victoria’s health minister, Jill Hennessy, is expected to give a press conference on the issue at 8.30am.
The legislation will rule out letters from GPs and immunisation providers as proof of vaccinations, instead insisting parents to provide official statements from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
Parents of unvaccinated children will need to provide AIR documents explaining the reasons for the decision.
All parents will be required to provide regular vaccination updates.