Education Minister: mandatory vaccination for school

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    The Education Minister is standing by Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh, regarding the mandatory vaccination of children before they enter Primary School.

    Yesterday, Mr Deyalsingh pointed out that under the Public Health (Nursery Schools and Primary Schools Immunisation) Act Section 3 (1) – “no person may be admitted into any nursery school or primary school unless he produces to the principal thereof a certificate of immunisation with respect to every communicable disease.”

    The Health Minister also warned that the Ministry will “rigidly apply the law” if a child was not immunised with the measles, mumps and rubella vaccines.

    In a release issued today, Education Minister Anthony Garcia reminds parents that a child must be fully vaccinated if they wish to enroll in Primary School.

    Principals meanwhile are reminded that an immunization record must be presented by all parents during registration.

    Mr Garcia also condemned what he says is misinformation being shared on social media, which alluded to complications for children after receiving the measles vaccine.

    He warns that sharing unfounded and misleading information can be detrimental.