Unvaccinated students not to attend school

  • Unvaccinated students not to attend school

Unvaccinated students not to attend school

Children have been reportedly told to not turn up to school unless they can prove they have been vaccinated.

Under the new law, children must now receive a range of mandatory vaccinations before attending school.

Children under 6 years old will be banned from attending nursery and kindergarten if parents can not provide proof of vaccination.

And fines as high as roughly $560 could also be implemented if older children - ages 6 through 16 - are unvaccinated, according to the BBC.

This stance follows months of debate over compulsory vaccination, both in Italy and across the world.

Parents are at risk of being fined up to €500 (AUD$800) if they sent their unvaccinated children to school and children under six can be turned away.

"Now everyone has had time to catch up", Health Minister Giulia Grillo told Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the BBC reported. The mandatory vaccinations include chickenpox, polio, mumps, rubella, and - perhaps most crucially at this time - measles.

But up until Tuesday, a temporary measure meant students could remain in school as long as their parents said they were vaccinated. Officials in Bologna said that some 5,000 children in the city do not have proper documentation saying they have been vaccinated.

Regional authorities are taking care of the situation through different ways, report Italian media.

According to the BBC, Italy has fallen behind other countries in terms of vaccination rates.

"Italy is part of a global trend of distrust in mediators-doctors and scientists-who can interpret and explain data", La Sapienza University of Rome history of medicine and bioethics teacher Andrea Grignolio told CNN in 2018.