When parents object to their child being vaccinated

Immunisation provider guidelines

There are a number of points you may wish to discuss with a parent/guardian who would like to partially or completely object to having their child immunised.

1. Points to discuss with parents/guardians who do not wish to vaccinate

  • Their child will not be protected against the diseases for which they have not been vaccinated.
  • Their child may be excluded from school if an outbreak occurs.
  • From 1 January 2016, conscientious objection and vaccination objection on non-medical grounds will no longer be a valid exemption from immunisation requirements.
  • If parents/guardians change their mind:
    • they can take their child to an immunisation provider to get them fully vaccinated if their child is still age eligible for government-funded vaccination
    • they can access privately funded vaccines (payment will be required) if their child is no longer age eligible for government-funded vaccines.

2. Suggested reading material for parents/guardians

These materials may increase awareness of the consequences of not having a child fully vaccinated.

3. Medical contraindication

If the child has a medical contraindication to vaccination, the medical provider will need to use the medical contraindication form, which can be found at the ACIR website (external site), or by calling ACIR on 1800 653 809. 

Summary

  • If the child has a medical contraindication to vaccination, the medical provider will need to use the Medical Contraindication form, which can be found at the ACIR website (external site) or by calling ACIR on 1800 653 809.
  • From 1 January 2016, conscientious objection and vaccination objection on non-medical grounds will no longer be a valid exemption from immunisation requirements.

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