Tuesday 19 November 2019

MPs back allowing daycare centres to ban children who have not been vaccinated

Photo: SELF Magazine

There is majority support in parliament for legislation which would allow daycare centres to ban children who have not been vaccinated, broadcaster RTL said on Tuesday.

Some creches have already acted to ban children who have not been vaccinated against childhood diseases but it is not clear if this is currently legally possible.

Now coalition partner D66 is planning to bring in its own draft legislation which would allow daycare groups to bring in a ban. ‘This means parents would know where they can safely take their children,’ D66 parliamentarian Rens Raemakers said.

MPs from the ruling VVD and CDA also support the D66 plan, alongside the GroenLinks and PvdA opposition parties.

At the moment 90% 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.

A survey by television show EenVandaag earlier this year found 70% of the Dutch think childhood vaccinations should be made compulsory but that 36% of young parents don’t trust information about them provided by the public health institute RIVM.

In addition, 82% of the 32,000 people polled think daycare centres should be able to ban children who are not vaccinated and 55% would support cutting the child benefits of anti-vaxxers.

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