Parents heading back to work after the festive season this week are reminded to ensure their young children are vaccinated, with the Marshall Government’s No Jab, No Play law now in effect at childcare services across the state.
Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said parents are required to provide approved immunisation records to their childcare service provider as part of efforts to prevent and control outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases.
“We are committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of young South Australians and immunisation is one of the most effective ways of achieving this,” Minister Wade said.
“We are reminding all parents of young children to make sure their kids are immunised, to help prevent the heartbreak of seeing their child sick, or worse, from a potentially preventable disease.”
Parents are required to provide approved immunisation records to childcare centres, family day care, pre-schools, kindergartens and early learning centres upon enrolment, and at other specific ages throughout the child’s attendance at the service.
Early childhood services are also required to keep a copy of all approved immunisation records for the duration a child is enrolled in their service.
These changes will enable the Chief Public Health Officer to have to hand the immunisation records she needs to protect susceptible children from early childhood services in the event of any type of vaccine preventable outbreak.
SA Health’s Chief Public Health Officer, Associate Professor Nicola Spurrier, said children are very vulnerable to vaccine preventable disease which is why immunisation is so vital.
“Immunisation not only protects individuals but also vulnerable people in the community who are too young or too unwell to be vaccinated,” Assoc. Prof. Spurrier said.
“The ability to access an individual child’s vaccination record and exclude unvaccinated children during a disease outbreak will help to protect the individual child and the wider community, by minimising the spread of disease.”
Immunisation generally takes between two and four weeks to be effective, depending on the vaccine and whether it’s a booster. In most cases, an approved immunisation record is a child’s immunisation history statement from the Australian Immunisation Register.
The measure was officially introduced on 1 January 2020. For more information, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/immunisation.