The German government is taking a very aggressive stance against parents who do not vaccinate their children.
The German government is making a controversial move against parents who choose to refrain from vaccinating their children. Germany will pass a law next week that will force kindergartens to inform the authorities if parents don’t provide evidence that they have gotten advice from their doctor on vaccinations for their children.
And it won’t be a small penalty for anti-vaccination parents, as they risk fines of up to 2,500 euros ($2,800) under the law, which will take effect on June 1 in all likelihood. It’s part of a growing vaccination push across Europe as the popularity of the anti-vaccination movement rises. Authorities claim that the growing refusal to immunize has led to a resurgence in measles, chicken pox, and mumps, although vaccination opponents dispute this.
“Nobody can be indifferent to the fact that people are still dying of measles,” German health minister Hermann Groehe told Bild newspaper. “That’s why we are tightening up regulations on vaccination.”
Italy also made a push for vaccination earlier this month, making vaccination compulsory after reports from health officials indicated that vaccination rates were falling.