As we head into a new year, it’s important for both services and parents to be reminded of the strengthened No Jab, No Play legislation and the need for immunisation history statements to be updated twice per calendar year for their enrolled child.
Delayed or missing vaccinations are often a result of parents having forgotten due to busy schedules. Regular requests from early childhood services for updated proof can act as a reminder to help parents prioritise timely vaccination.
The Department of Education and Training (DET) with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) consulted closely with early childhood education and care services regarding the amendments to the No Jab No Play legislation and the best way to collect this important information. The consultation found that coinciding reminders with the services’ existing processes for maintaining up-to-date details for families and children would be the most efficient way to do this.
This timing includes requesting a current immunisation history statement at census data collection times for kindergartens, during the re-enrolment processes, and/or as part of end of financial year activities for other services. However, services should not exceed the regulated interval of seven months between reminders.
New resources are available in the Immunisation Enrolment Toolkit to help support all early childhood services with this requirement, including example reminder wording, what to do in particular scenarios and suggestions for how to support families in different circumstances (including families experiencing disadvantage and non-Medicare card holders).
For more information visit www.health.vic.gov.au/immunisation-enrolment-toolkit