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Childcare centres support legislation on unvaccinated kids

CHILDCARE centres across Queensland are supportive of the State Government's plan to change laws surrounding unvaccinated children in childcare centres.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said children in childcare centres should be vaccinated. She said the government hoped to introduce legislation later this year to address the topic, but would go through a consultation process.

Early childhood educators C&K supported vaccinating children, but said it would not discriminate and had never made vaccinations compulsory.

C&K chief Michael Tizard said they were keen to work with the government on developing legislation to create the best outcome for children and educators.

"C&K has strict regulations around infection control and the exclusion of children and educators who are diagnosed with an infectious disease," he said.

Goodstart Early Learning welcomed the government's move to bring Queensland in line with other states.

A spokeswoman said they already had a process in place that required parents to present proof of vaccination or exemption documents.

But she said they wanted to see what exemptions would be included in the legislation, and if there were any planned changes to the way conscientious objections were defined.

At C&K, Mr Tizard said they relied on the doctor, public health unit or Australian Government's document into infectious diseases prevention in childcare centres on whether they excluded infected children from the centre.

While speaking about the legislation proposal, the Premier had her eye on the Sunshine Coast.

"We know there are still high rates of children not being vaccinated on the Sunshine Coast and I think some parts of Northern Queensland," she said.

"It's a public health safety issue. My preference would be for all of the children in childcare centres to be vaccinated. But let's talk to the stakeholders and see if we can make that a reality."

- APN NEWSDESK



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