From Iceland — Vaccination Requirement For Kindergarten "Too Radical" For Mayor

Vaccination Requirement For Kindergarten “Too Radical” For Mayor

Published March 18, 2015

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A proposal that would have denied unvaccinated children access to kindergarten was defeated in Reykjavik City Hall for being “too radical and poorly thought out”, Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson said.

As MBL reports, the City Hall majority coalition struck down the proposal, which was submitted by the Independence Party. The proposal, if passed, would have prevented unvaccinated children from being admitted to city kindergartens, and would have referred them instead to “day mothers”.

“One thing kindergartens which are full of vaccinated children all have in common is that they are not endangered by unvaccinated children, because [the other children] are vaccinated,” Dagur told City Council, adding that it is actually unvaccinated children who are in danger of catching diseases, and that it would be “inadvisable” to quarantine unvaccinated children.

“This reflects a proposal which is, in my opinion, put together with good intentions but is not well thought out, or put together with people working in this area,” he said. “Before the city council takes up such a radical proposal, it would be the absolute minimum to conduct an assessment that supports the purpose of quarantine laws.”


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