Childcare centres allowed to refuse unvaccinated children

CHILDCARE centres will have the power to refuse children who are not vaccinated under changes from the State Government in its bid to improve child immunisation rates.

Health minister Cameron Dick also announced this morning that parents who have chosen not to vaccinate their children will get a call from state government health workers.

The state government wants to raise the five-year-old immunisation rate from 92% to 95%.

Mr Dick said there were up to 35,000 children in Queensland who were not vaccinated.

Under the changes he said childcare centres and kindergartens would have the power to not enrol children who have not been vaccinated.

Health workers from the government call centre 13 HEALTH will also contact parents whose five-year-old child is not up to date with vaccinations.

They will then be connected with their local GP and vaccination clinics to try and get them up to date by January 2016.

"We think having people who are trained and are experts in the area reaching out to the community will help address concerns…" Mr Dick said.

He does not believe there will be a backlash from parents.

"We won't be forcing people to have vaccinations but we need to provide people with information and connect them with their GP or local vaccination clinic," Mr Dick said.

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