From 1 November 2018 parents or carers of children in childcare or kindergarten will need to give early childhood services regular proof that their child is up to date with their immunisations.
Parents will need to provide a current Immunisation History Statement to early childhood services twice a year – and within seven month intervals – to prove their child’s immunisations are up to date.
This latest update to the ‘No Jab, No Play’ law has been introduced as part of a continued effort to improve childhood immunisation rates and protect the community from vaccine-preventable diseases.
The ‘No Jab, No Play’ law requires a current and up-to-date Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register as evidence when enrolling a child at childcare or kindergarten.
Most Victorian children are fully vaccinated. But sometimes parents forget, or don’t prioritise immunisation due to competing life pressures. This new requirement will remind parents and carers to keep their child’s immunisations up to date.
Victorian kids are now better protected against vaccine-preventable diseases, with Victoria hitting the ambitious herd immunity target of 95 per cent – its best immunisation coverage in history. The latest figures from the Australian Immunisation Register show that 95.7 per cent of five-year-olds in Victoria are now fully immunised.
Go to the Better Health Channel to find out more about No Jab, No Play and childhood immunisation.