No Jab, No Pay
As of January 1st 2016 the government introduced the “No Jab, No Pay” policy. This means that parents who do not fully immunise their children (up to 19 years of age) will no longer be eligible for Child Care Benefits, Child Care Rebates or the Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement (family assistance payments).
Children with medical contraindications or natural immunity for certain diseases will continue to be exempt from the requirements, however correct documentation must be provided from a doctor for this to be recognised.
Conscientious objection and vaccination objection on non-medical grounds is no longer a valid reason for exemption from vaccination requirements.
In support of these changes the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) has been expanded to hold records of vaccination details for people up to the age of 20.
Immunisation providers – like the Panaceum Group are able to provide you with information and support for developing a catch up schedule for your child, and also the provision of services to vaccinate your child/children.
Catch up schedules for child will vary depending on age and what vaccination history is available for your child. For some children, schedules may be short and have only few visits, other schedules may take several months to complete. It is the health professionals role to assist you in reporting your involvement in a catch up schedule to ACIR.
Free catch up vaccinations for children under 10 years of age was made available from January 1st with the introduction of the changes. Free catch up vaccinations for children 10-19 years of age will be available from now until December 31st 2017. The government supply these vaccinations, however a service fee for the development of catch up schedules may apply.
Should you have questions or would like more information regarding the National Immunisation Schedule, components of vaccines or the timing of vaccinations – Easy to read information is available.
These can be accessed via:
Fact Sheets about commonly asked questions including contents and safety of vaccinations, as well has how vaccinations affect our immunity and why the schedule of vaccinations is developed as it is, then please visit: https://www.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/fact-sheets-concerns-vaccination
Further information on the National Immunisation Schedule can be found here:
If you wish to see our Nurses for Immunisations – please ring Panaceum Medical (08) 9920 8111 or University Medical Practice (08) 9923 9999