Amendments introduced to immunization record requirements Friday

Government has introduced amendments that would remove non-medical exemptions from the mandatory immunization requirements for admission to school and licensed early learning and child care centres.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development says students attending public schools and children in licence early learning and child care facilities will now be required to provide either proof of immunisation or a medical exemption on a form signed by a medical professional.

Education and Early Childhood Education Minister Dominic Cardy says, "These changes we help make sure as many children as possible are vaccinated and help protect the most vulnerable in society.

The amendments would apply to students being admitted for the first time as well as students who are currently enrolled.

Government says the Act Respecting Proof of Immunisation would come into effect September 1, 2021 and would 

  • Remove sections in the Education Act and Public Health Act that allow non-medical exemptions to be presented in place of immunization or medical exemption; and
  • Result in modifications to the Licensing Regulation - Early Childhood Services Act which refers to practices outlined in the Public Health Act