Changes to the NSW Public Health Act (Part 5, Division 4, Sections 85-88) and NSW Public Health Regulation (Part 7, Division 2, Sections 42-44A) came into force on 1 January 2014 to improve the timeliness of vaccine coverage in children, and help prevent outbreaks of serious vaccine-preventable diseases.
The new requirements prevent child care facilities from enrolling children unless immunisation certificates proving that they are fully immunised, or have a specified exemption, are provided at enrolment. This means that child care facilities 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.
Unvaccinated children may be excluded from child care facilities in the event of an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease for their own protection.
Page Updated: Friday 14 February 2014
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