Only vaccinated children may soon be able to attend kindergartens

Non-vaccinated children should have confirmation of immunity or contraindications, according to the proposal approved by the government.

(Source: Sme/Tomáš Benedikovič)

It is possible that only vaccinated children will soon be allowed to attend kindergartens, according to a new law drafted by the Health Ministry which was approved by the government.

If passed by parliament, a child will need all compulsory vaccinations, scheduled by the vaccination calendar for a given age, in order to be accepted to kindergartens, the TASR newswire reported.

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The Health Ministry also proposes to accept non-vaccinated children to kindergartens, but only if they have confirmation from their doctor that they are immune against infection or they cannot be vaccinated due to various contraindications.

The collective facilities create conditions for quicker contagion by infection. Moreover, non-vaccinated children can be a source of infection for other children that cannot be vaccinated due to contraindications and do not have a good immune system.

This was one of the reasons the Health Ministry proposed the changes, TASR reported.

Unlike the current rules, the ministry left out the provisions classifying the decision of parents not to vaccinate their children as a minor offence.

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