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Kia Ora!  Welcome to www.noforcedvaccines.org.

This page explains why No Forced Vaccines was formed.

No Forced Vaccines started in April 2011. It is an association of individuals who are concerned about ethics and maintaining the fundamental human right for adults to freely choose their health care interventions and for parents to make the health care choices they deem appropriate for their child/ren.

No Forced Vaccines was formed in response to the Report of the Health [Select] Committee Inquiry into How to Improve Completion Rates of Childhood Immunisation. The Report recommended that the New Zealand government institute a new, coercive vaccination policy.

This was vigorously opposed by No Forced Vaccines and other New Zealand organisations with an interest in protecting the human right to make a free and informed decision about medical treatment, and parents’ rights to make decisions on behalf of their children.

In 2012, the NZ government made a decision that it would not link children’s vaccinations to either welfare payments or childcare access.  Please see the press release: Immunisation decision “Important victory for human rights” (October 26, 2012) at this link http://www.noforcedvaccines.org/press-releases/ for details.

If you would like to become a member of No Forced Vaccines please visit this link: http://www.noforcedvaccines.org/join-us/  Thank you.

Background information regarding the reasons for the formation of No Forced Vaccines

No Forced Vaccines was formed in 2011 response to the Report of the Health [Select] Committee Inquiry into How to Improve Completion Rates of Childhood Immunisation.The Report recommended that the New Zealand government institute a new, coercive vaccination policy.

The full report may be downloaded from the NZ parliament website at the following link:

http://www.parliament.nz/NR/rdonlyres/BADCF722-D377-4451-8602-1E00938BFC74/188894/DBSCH_SCR_5060_Inquiryintohowtoimprovecompletionra.pdf

The government has now produced a formal response to the Report of the Health Select Committee.  The response may be accessed by visiting the following link and then downloading the document from the blue box on the right of the page:

http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/immunisation

A separate page of this site deals with the government response to the Report of the Health Select Committee. Please visit the following link for information on the government response: http://www.noforcedvaccines.org/government-response/

The recommendations in the Report of the Health Select Committee that threatened parents’ ability to make vaccination decisions for their children without any form of coercion are detailed below:

In 2011, it appeared that the government was seriously considering some of these recommendations.

Recommendations concerning early childhood education and school enrolments

Among the many recommendations made in the Report is the following: “We recommend to the Government that it strengthen the requirements on parents to present immunisation information when their children enrol at early childhood centres or schools. The required immunisation information should consist of either a certificate demonstrating that the child has received all the appropriate vaccinations, or a written statement that the parents have declined to immunise their child. We consider this should be implemented within one year.” [Page 20]

This recommendation appears to be based on the “Six star plan” presented to the Health Select Committee by Dr Nikki Turner who works for the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC). (Until 2010, IMAC acknowledged funding from the NZ Ministry of Health and five pharmaceutical companies supplying vaccines to the NZ market. The relevant page was removed from the site after it was publicised. The site now has a Funding page that now acknowledges the Ministry of Health as IMAC’s major funder and that the organisation also receives  financial support from “private industry”.)

Parts of Dr Turner’s “Six star plan” appear to be modeled on the system currently used in Australia, which is described on Page 17 of the Report of the Health [Select] Committee. An excerpt from Dr Turner’s “Six star plan” which is appended to the Report of the Health [Select] Committee is as follows:

“When a parent enrols a child, they either present a certificate demonstrating a fully completed immunisation series appropriate to the age, or a completed declination form. Either needs to be delivered and recorded by the ECEC [Early Childhood Education Centre]. If a child is enrolled when they are under two years of age, on their second birthday the ECEC will be obliged to contact the parents and view, and record that they have viewed, the completed certificate or declination form.”

Possible restriction of access to 20 Hours Free Early Childhood Education

“The current free entitlement to 20 hours early childhood education will continue to be offered to all parents and caregivers; however eligibility will include the obligation from the ECEC to obtain from the parents a certificate of completion of immunisation events or a current declination form.”

The wording of the Recommendation 18 in the Report of the Health [Select] Committee that “The required immunisation information should consist of either a certificate demonstrating that the child has received all the appropriate vaccinations, or a written statement that the parents have declined to immunise their child” [emphasis added] also suggests that if this recommendation is accepted by the government, parents will be coerced into making an all or nothing choice when it comes to vaccination.

Currently, while early childhood services and schools have to request that parents show their child’s Immunisation Certificate, (if the child has one) at the time of enrollment, parents are able to choose whether they would like their child/ren to have all, some or none of the vaccinations recommended by the Ministry of Health, as they think appropriate for their child/ren – and they can also choose the age at which their child/ren receive any vaccine(s). (Many parents prefer to delay their baby’s initial vaccination appointment until s/he is older than the age of six weeks recommended by the Ministry of Health.)

Any policy which requires parents to either present a certificate which states that their child/ren has had “all the appropriate vaccinations” (or “a written statement that the parents have declined to immunise their child” ) erodes current parental rights to make the decisions about their child/ren’s health care and unlawfully restricts a child’s access to education at both preschool and school level.

We find the proposal that children and young people be excluded from educational opportunities on the basis of their vaccination status to be unacceptable.

Possible Linking of Children’s Vaccinations to Existing Parental Benefits

We are also concerned that the report suggests “examining the possibility of linking existing parental benefits to immunisation.”

At a time when many families are facing unprecedented financial stress due to the economic downturn and the Canterbury earthquake, any proposal that might financially penalise families who do not follow the vaccination schedule recommended by the Ministry of Health is morally unacceptable.

Coerced vaccination of children might lead to coerced vaccination of adults

The submission to the Inquiry of the Health Select Committee by Children’s Commissioner stated that there is a “need to ensure that all adults especially those working directly with children and young people are themselves immunised”.

http://www.parliament.nz/NR/rdonlyres/73959804-E4E5-444E-A396-5560D070EA39/135712/49SCHE_EVI_00DBSCH_INQ_9658_1_A37168_ChildrensComm.pdf

The Report of the Health Select Committee did not mention any plan to mandate vaccination for teachers. However, given the recommendation by the Commissioner for Children, and the fact that the Report of the Health Select Committee is recommending that NZ restrict educational opportunities for children on the basis of their vaccination status, it is possible that teachers could face similar discrimination in the future.

In Australia, the rights of health professionals (and health care students) to make decisions about their own medical care have already been under attack in New South Wales with a directive in 2007 stating that existing employees had to submit to disease screening and vaccination procedures or be barred from working with “high risk” areas of the health system. It also appears that health professionals applying for jobs (and health care students applying for practicum placements) in the NSW public system must agree to undergo screening and vaccination procedures in order to gain employment or placement. (The relevant document can be downloaded from the following link:

http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/policies/PD/2011/PD2011_005.html

Update:  In 2012, the NZ government made a decision that it would not link children’s vaccinations to either welfare payments or childcare access.  Please see the press release: Immunisation decision “Important victory for human rights” (October 26, 2012) at this link http://www.noforcedvaccines.org/press-releases/ for details.

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The information on this site is not designed to be a substitute for the advice of a qualified health professional. No Forced Vaccines suggests that people inform themselves about both the potential benefits and risks of the relevant vaccine(s) before making a decisions about whether or not they or their child should be vaccinated and also consult with their physician. Inclusion of links to other websites on this site does not imply endorsement of any site by No Forced Vaccines nor does it imply endorsement of No Forced Vaccines by any individual, group or organisation.

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