In an effort to raise vaccination rates in German, the government wants little kindergartens to tell on their parents if they can’t prove to authorities they have attended a doctors’ consultation on child vaccinations. In essence, they are asking them to tattle.
Currently, authorities can impose a fine of 2,500 euros ($2,800) on parents who persistently refuse to attend the vaccine consultations (required for children attending kindergarten) but authorities don’t always know which parents have dodged the consultations.
The measure isn’t set yet- Parliament still has to vote on Thursday.
Remember, until the last couple of decades, childhood illnesses like measles weren’t considered terrifying diseases. So, this is a reaction; Germany has reported 410 measles cases so far this year, more than in all of 2016 (including one death).