Proposal that only vaccinated kids enrol in kindergartens

subramaniam-vaccineKUALA LUMPUR: The government is studying a proposal to allow only vaccinated children to be enrolled in kindergartens, says Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam.

He told the Dewan Rakyat sitting that the proposal was not a form of discrimination against children who were not vaccinated, but a protective measure for other children in kindergartens.

“It is at the research stage. The decision will be made in line with the acceptance of Malaysians,” he said when replying to a supplementary question by Dr Izani Husin (PAS-Pengkalan Chepa) on whether the government wanted to take more stern action against parents who refused to provide immunisation for their children.

He said the approach was also practised in Australia, with kindergartens there only enrolling vaccinated children.

Subramaniam said the ministry had also cooperated with other agencies to provide accurate information on the importance of vaccine injections.

“Among the measures being implemented are the setting up of an immunisation advocacy group, organising forums with the cooperation of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and providing information on the MyHealth portal website for the community’s reference,” he added.