Thursday 04 June 2020

Pressure upped over law to allow crèches to refuse unvaccinated children

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Coalition party D66 is urging parliament to bring forward the vote on a plan to allow crèches to refuse children who have not been vaccinated, the Parool reports.

The call comes in the wake of an outbreak of measles in a crèche in The Hague this week involving three children who had not been vaccinated.

One of them may have caught the disease when on holiday abroad, community health service GGD Haaglanden said. A fourth child may also have the disease, which is particularly dangerous to pregnant women and very young children.

D66 MP Rens Raemakers said the outbreak is the result of a drop in children being vaccinated against the disease although the RIVM public health institute said earlier no such link could be made at the moment.

Currently 90.2% of Dutch children are vaccinated against potentially serious illnesses such as measles, polio and whooping cough. This is below the level of 95% the World Health Organisation considers safe.

‘We are running out of time and if we don’t act know this outbreak won’t be the last,’ Raemakers told the paper. His proposal can count on the majority support of the three coalition partners and opposition parties GroenLinks and SP.

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