Victoria to close loophole for 'dodgy doctors' giving vaccination exemptions

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:49:56 AM. Letters from doctors excusing children from immunisation will no longer be accepted by child care centres and kindergartens in Victoria.
Photo: No Jab, No Play laws ban unvaccinated children from attending child care and kindergarten. (ABC News: Clarissa Thorpe, file photo) Letters from doctors excusing children from immunisation will no longer be accepted by Victorian child care centres and kindergartens, as the Government moves to toughen its "No Jab, No Play" laws. The changes mean immunisation history statements from the Australian Immunisation Register will be the only documents accepted as evidence of a medical reason for a child not to be immunised. Victorian Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said, under legislation being introduced to Parliament today, other medical documents would be rejected. "In essence, this is in response to a very small group of dodgy doctors who are putting the community's health and safety at risk, who have been providing letters for parents with blanket exemptions, claiming that there is a medical reason for that child not to be immunised," she said. "We're going to ensure there is only one set of documentation that will be accepted now." Ms Mikakos said federal authorities were currently investigating doctors helping patients get around immunisation rules. Victoria's No Jab, No Play legislation ban unvaccinated children from attending child care and kindergarten. In August, Melbourne doctor John Piesse agreed to have his licence to practice suspended for issuing medical exemption certificates for children. At the time he said what he was doing was "totally...Read more
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