Lithuania, is the latest country, to adopt a law which bars unvaccinated children from entering kindergartens.
According to Defli website, the Lithuanian government wanted to promote a legislation authorizing mandatory vaccination, but the law failed to be adopted by the parliament. Therefore the government promoted the B plan, in which kindergartens are obliged not to accept unvaccinated children to kindergarten establishments. The new law will start on 1 January, 2016.
Minister of Health Rimante Salaseviciute said about the new law: “Unvaccinated children can not be admitted to kindergarten education establishments. This applies to both private and public ones. <…> Those who are already attending schools will not be asked to leave. When a child comes to kindergarten, he will have to provide a doctor’s certificate. If, in that column, at the part about vaccines, it will be written that a child has not been vaccinated against polio, measles and rubella, he or she will not be admitted to preschool.”
The Lithuanian government is not the only government in the world which adopted such a law, as the Australian government adopted similar laws to protect the children from fatal diseases such as polio and measles.
In August 2015, Australian government toughened its stand against the no-vaccination movement. According to IFL Science website, lawmakers in Australia vetoed religious and personal exemptions for childhood vaccinations, introduced a strict “no jab, no welfare pay” policy and adopted a law banning children in Victoria from attending childcare or kindergarten unless they are fully up to date with their immunization schedule.
“The science on this issue is really clear. Vaccinations save lives,” Health Minister Jill Hennessy said and stressed. “What we don’t accept is those who go around myth-making about the risks of vaccination.”
The growing trend of parents avoiding to make health-saving vaccinations to their children, ignoring science, starts to worry authorities and health professionals around the world.