Mum plans anti-vax childcare centre

A northern NSW mum is planning to establish a childcare centre for unvaccinated children.

Juanita Halden says she made the decision in response to “no jab, no play” policies, and says she has already been approached by like-minded mothers.

“I am a woman who answers to Creator – not corporation,” Ms Halden wrote in a post on her Facebook page.

“Therefore I am the highest authority when it comes to making decisions concerning my body or that of my property ‘my child’ … I understand true immunity starts in the gut, starts at home, is not found in a pill, needle or Pharma lab.”

NSW Early Childhood Education Minister Leslie Williams has called the move irresponsible.

“As a former nurse, I am appalled that a service of this type would be suggested,” she said in a statement.

“In NSW, we have a ‘no jab, no play’ policy. Services who do not comply face penalties, including prosecution.

“Vaccines are safe and effective. Administering vaccines is the best way to protect your child from serious disease. By vaccinating, you are protecting your child as well as the broader community.”

Ms Halden told the Daily Telegraph that government policies about vaccination and access to childcare were “a war crime against humanity”.

“Think anti-discrimination, war crimes, crimes against humanity, human rights violations, assault and battery charges and more,” she said.

The NSW north coast has the lowest immunisation rates in the country, yet continues to have outbreaks of preventable disease. 

Heidi Robertson from Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters told the ABC that many parents believed their healthy lifestyle was enough protection from deadly disease.

“The proof is in the pudding. The Northern Rivers here, we have got so much sunshine, so much organic healthy food and people lead very healthy lifestyles, but we are continually having outbreaks.”

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