Fines or jail time for principals who admit unimmunised students
The Ministry of Health says sanctions will be imposed on school administrators who admit students who are not fully immunised.
Programme Development Officer of the Family Health Services Unit in the Ministry, Dr Yvonne Munroe points out that it is an offence under the Immunization Regulations of 1986 to accept children who are not immunised.
In an interview with JIS News Dr Munroe reportedly said the health ministry will be enforcing the regulations as part of efforts to protect children and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases.
She explains that school principals who admit a child who is not fully immunised are liable for prosecution in a Resident Magistrate’s Court for a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 30 days.
Munroe adds that the $500 dollar fine is charged per child in relation to such violations.
She stresses that persons authorised to admit pupils to any school should not permit a child to continue attending any such institution unless an immunization certificate is issued by the Health Department or medical doctor.
Munroe is encouraging parents to utilise the services of the health centres across the island to ensure that their children are immunised.
The service is free of cost.
Munroe notes that the Immunisation Regulations stipulate that it is the duty of all parents to ensure that their children are adequately immunised.
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