“Immunisation Week” a “reminder of how fortunate we are in NZ”
Press release fropm No Forced Vaccines
May 2, 2017
Immunisation Week is “a chance for New Zealanders to reflect on how lucky we are”, says Katherine Smith, the spokeswoman for No Forced Vaccines, a group that opposes forced or coerced vaccination.
“New Zealanders are fortunate in that parents who want their children to be vaccinated are able to access the vaccines recommended by the Ministry of Health for free, thus helping to ensure equitable access to this service, regardless of family income,” Smith says. Free vaccines and government promotion of vaccination have resulted in NZ having a record high vaccination rate for young children.
“On the other side of the equation,” Smith notes “New Zealand parents’ rights to make decisions about vaccination are respected by the government” and if “parents decide against vaccination, or for their children to have some, but not all recommended vaccinations, they are able to make this choice.”
While the right to make an informed decision about a medical procedure (such as vaccination) is a basic right in a democracy, the favourable situation in NZ does not exist in all countries. An example of a parliamentary democracy which has recently instituted unjust and coercive vaccination policies is Australia, where the “No Jab No Pay” legislation which has resulted in most families who choose not to vaccinate their children being robbed of childcare subsidies and a family tax credit which are available to parents whose children are vaccinated. The No Jab No Pay policy was passed into law despite the fact that majority of the submissions on the bill received by the Australian government were opposed to the legislation.
A “child’s access to education or their parents’ eligbility for tax credits should never be linked to whether or not a child is vaccinated”, Smith says.
“I am very pleased that the NZ Minister of Health recently ruled out following in Australia footsteps in terms of adopting any sort of coercive vaccination policy,” Smith says. “As the film Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Conspiracy (currently screening in NZ) and many other documentaries such as Trace Amounts demonstrate, there are real risks with vaccination, so every vaccine being considered for a child (or adult) should be carefully evaluated on the basis of its risks and benefits in terms of health.”