New laws in NSW will see unvaccinated children excluded from childcare centres from January 1.
New laws in NSW will see unvaccinated children excluded from childcare centres from January 1. Contributed

Unvaccinated kids now banned from child care

UNVACCINATED children have been excluded from childcare centres in NSW following new laws which came into effect on January 1.

Exemptions will only be granted if parents can provide documentation from their GP or nurse immuniser.

Exceptions include children who have a medical contraindication to vaccination, are on a recognised catch-up schedule for immunisation, or if the parents or guardians are reluctant to vaccinate on religious or other grounds.

In all cases written documentation most be provided from a GP or nurse immuniser

The changes to the Public Health Act are aimed at improving immunisation rates across the state.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner said the law sent a clear message to parents that the health of children and the wider community needed to be protected.

"The government is determined to protect our children from the devastating consequences of vaccine-preventable disease," Mrs Skinner said.

Visit health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation to find out more.

Alternatively, call the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 or your local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055.


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