Vic clamps down on no jab, no play dodgers

Parents will no longer be able to use letters from dodgy doctors to avoid Victoria's no jab, no play laws and will have to start providing official immunisation records.

 

The state government will introduce laws to parliament on Wednesday that will mean only records from the Australian Immunisation Register will be accepted to enrol in early years services.

"The science is very clear, they are putting their child and other people's children at risk if their child is not up to date and the consequences could be fatal," Children and Families Minister Jenny Mikakos told reporters.

"We do want to encourage parents to not think all of these diseases are matters of the past, we still have these diseases."

Victoria will make it more difficult for anti-vaxxers to dodge the no jab, no play laws. Photo: AAP

The proposed legislation also means enrolment will only be confirmed once the Immunisation History Statement has been provided to a child-care provider, instead of the current system assessing a range of different documents.

Parents will need to provide these statements to providers at regular intervals to verify that a child has received all the necessary immunisations for their age.

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said he supports any moves that ensures children are vaccinated.

"It's just a straightforward, sensible thing to do," he told reporters outside parliament on Wednesday.

"It's about childhood health, it's about all of our health, it's why we're living healthier."

Since the government introduced no jab, no play in 2016, vaccination rates among five-year-olds has increased by two percentage points to 95 per cent in October 2017.

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