The Public Health Amendment (Vaccination of Children Attending Child Care Facilities) Act 2013 will come into force from 1 January 2014.
Prior to enrolling in child care proof of a child’s vaccination status must be provided. This means that child care centres must have documented evidence that children are up to date with their vaccinations, or that they are on a recognised catch-up schedule, or that they have a medical contraindication to vaccination, or their parents have a conscientious objection to vaccination, before enrolling a child.
These changes will work with other new initiatives in NSW to improve the timeliness of vaccine coverage in children, and prevent outbreaks of serious vaccine preventable diseases.
As is currently the case, unvaccinated children may be excluded from child care centres in the event of an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease for their own protection.
The NSW Government’s proposed amendments to strengthen vaccination requirements for child care do not affect enrolment in primary schools.