(Editor’s Note: Here’s the thing, whether you vaccinate or don’t it should be your choice. Congratulations to parents in Italy who now have that choice once again.)
This week the upper house of Italy’s parliament passed a government supported amendment removing “the legal obligation to vaccinate children against ten diseases before they can be enrolled for state schools,“1 by 148 to 110 votes. It will now be sent to the lower house of the Chamber of Deputies for approval after the summer recess. The Five Star Movement and the Northern League governing coalition had made this a pledge during the March 2018 election campaign.
- Matteo Salvini, leader of the Northern League and Deputy Prime Minister of Italy, has remarked that ten compulsory vaccines are ‘useless and sometimes dangerous.’
- And Guilia Grillo, Italian health minister and member of the Five Star Movement, has previously stated she supports vaccination but that the current rules are too restrictive.
MILLIONS are protesting in non-stop demonstrations all across Italy! Original video on https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionForChoice/videos/271962343211359/
So far, nine regional administrations have announced plans to appeal to the constitutional court and are also considering the implementation of regional laws reinstating compulsory vaccination.
“The implementation of legislation focused on the parental obligation to vaccinate their children was introduced in response to a surge in measles cases in recent years. Italy recorded 5,000 cases in 2017, compared to 870 in 2016, with the second highest number of cases in the 2017 Europe-wide measles outbreak. In addition, 29% of all cases in the European Union and European Economic Area were in Italy in the year to June 2018.”2
In July of this year, the government announced that parents wouldn’t have to provide their child’s school with proof of vaccination (something they had to do before) because they wanted to “spur school inclusion and simplify rules for parents.”
Well done, Italy.