Vaccination in New Zealand
In New Zealand, there are no vaccine requirements of any kind. As in so many countries, there is however considerable psychological (medical and societal) pressure to vaccinate. Parents are cajoled and lied to in all ways possible to get them to comply with the government-recommended vaccination schedule.
Parents are e.g. told that they are required to provide an Immunisation Certificate when enrolling their child at pre-school or primary school.
A PDF file of the certificate can be downloaded HERE
It appears to be the intended purpose of the certificate to give the impression to parents that their child must be fully vaccinated at school entry, but really it simply indicates what if any vaccinations a child has had, because as already mentioned vaccinations are not compulsory in New Zealand.
The wording on the certificate gives the impression that the certificate is a requirement at school or pre-school entry, but this is also a false impression as parents don’t need to provide the school with a certificate if they don’t want to, in which case their child is considered unvaccinated and may be excluded from school in the event of a disease outbreak at the discretion of the local Medical Officer of Health. The child is readmitted to school if the parents consent to their child being vaccinated, or when the outbreak subsides, or if it escalates into an epidemic, in which case it is considered futile to contain the outbreak by keeping unvaccinated children at home. This is obviously an absurd policy, designed it seems specifically to harass non-vaccinating families into getting their children vaccinated, and if they don’t, to make life difficult for them.
The school is supposed to keep the “Immunisation Certificates” on file, but just as parents are not legally required to provide a certificate, the school is not legally required to keep a vaccination register. If this all seems very Mickey Mouse, it’s because it is.
PS. As far as I know, private educational facilities can set their own vaccination policy.
– WAVESnz (formerly the New Zealand Immunisation Awareness Society – IAS) HERE
– Vaccine Free Families in New Zealand (Facebook page) HERE
– New Zealand Vaccination Schedule HERE
– New Zealand Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) HERE
– Report a Vaccine Adverse Event (due to having followed the advice from IMAC or the NZ
Ministry of Health) HERE