Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced that parents who are against vaccination for their children will not be paid for child welfare. This means parents can lose up to $11,000 every year.
The rule will come to action starting Jan 2016, with an exemption for medical conditions that prevent vaccination. The details of the plan are not yet shared with the media.
In a recent press conference, the prime minister confirmed that the rule will strengthen health policies of the continent, and that anti-vaccination is not supported by the state. The aggressive step was taken to stop the growing trend of parents opting out of Australia‘s child vaccinations programs.
Abbott, through his statement, mentioned, “Parents who vaccinate their children should have confidence that they can take their children to childcare without the fear that their children will be at risk of contracting a serious or potentially life-threatening illness because of the conscientious objections of others.”
Nearly 40,000 parents in Australia have stated religious, medical, philosophical or personal objections for not getting their kids vaccinated. They just need to sign a one-page form, and they are done.
The trend of anti-vaccination was noted the same time there was a resurgence of measles. Many parents opt out of the plan based on religious backgrounds, while many believe that vaccination causes autism, Sky News pointed out. However, the theory is strongly discredited.