No Jab, No Pay Commences Monday July 2nd

As part of the changes to the childcare benefit program, the Federal Government have introduced a new ‘no jab, no pay’ penalty. Anti-vaxers will be penalised $14 a week as of Monday July 2nd as part of the changes. The Federal Government is getting tough with parents that refuse to vaccinate their children and will take $28 a fortnight from their Family Tax Benefit Part A.

The aim of the penalty is to give parents a ‘constant reminder’ that they should be vaccinating their children.

Social Services Minister, Dan Tehan, said “Immunisation is the safest way to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases…parents who don’t immunise their children are putting their own kids at risk as well as the children of other people.”

The government provided an extra $14 million dollars to allow for catch up immunisations in the 2017 budget.

Children with natural immunity or certain medical conditions are exempt from the ‘no jab, no pay’ penalty.

Anti-vaxers Take a Stand

Child-care centres have the right to refuse care to a child that is not up to date with their immunisations so a group of anti-vaxers based in Queensland are setting up their own services as a way to provide care to those that feel passionately about not vaccinating their children.

Allona Lahn, of the Natural Immunity Community, told ABC news that “We organise group childcare arrangements and we’re now devising our own combined homeschooling system …we use health practitioners within the anti-vaccine networks around Australia and ‘anti-vaccination-friendly’ doctors in the community.”

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