Last Day to Comment on South Australia’s No Jab, No Play Policy
By Heather Callaghan, Editor
Australia is harsh toward the unvaccinated and is putting the crimps on the financially challenged, and on parents.
Parents have until Aug 11 to comment on amendments to a policy on unvaccinated children. Anyone can comment using the simple Survey Monkey link below.
In 2015, we reported on Australia’s “No jab, no pay” policy to end welfare payouts to families who refuse to vaccinate, thus tying the coercion of vaccination with the desperation of survival.
Now, South Australia has opened comments for their “No jab, no play” policy that prohibits childcare attendance for unvaccinated children.
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Please let your comments be known at the link below.
Here is some pertinent information from the government website:
….The new ‘No Jab, No Play’ laws will mean children must be appropriately immunised, on an immunisation catch-up program or be exempt for medical reasons, in order to attend early childhood care services.
They will also provide protection against some vaccine preventable diseases for children who attend early childhood care services but are unable to be immunised for medical reasons.
Services affected by proposed changes
Early childhood care services are those which provide care of young children (under the age of 6 years) for fee or reward such as:
- childcare (also called centre based care, long day care and early learning centres)
- family day care
- preschool and kindergarten
- rural care program
- mobile child care services
- occasional care.
Briefly, the proposed amendments are:
- Children must be age appropriately immunised, on an immunisation catch-up program, or meet the exemption requirements (for example, they are unable to be immunised for medical reasons) in order to attend early childhood care services.
- Parents/guardians will need to provide early childhood care services with evidence that their child meets the immunisation requirements. These records will need to be kept by the service whilst the child is enrolled.
- A child with a vaccine preventable disease or who is at risk of getting a vaccine preventable disease may be excluded from the early childhood care service when an outbreak of that disease is occurring at the service.
Consultation closes on Friday 11 August, 2017.
SA Health welcomes feedback on the proposed amendments. You can submit feedback in one of the following ways:
- email [email protected]
- post comments into
Communicable Disease Control Branch
PO Box 6
Rundle Mall SA 5000