Written on the 31 May 2018
Thursday 31 May 2018
The Public Accounts and Estimates Committee hearings has heard that Early Childhood Educators are still not required to be vaccinated despite warnings to the Department two years ago.
Two years ago, PAEC heard that the Department of Education and Training does not have a policy regarding staff immunisation. This has not changed.
In August 2015, Health Minister Jill Hennessey told the ABC:
"We know that it is absolutely essential to get your children vaccinated if you can and only if there are medical reasons as to why a child can't be vaccinated will that be acceptable."
Yet the early childhood educators that teach our children are exempt from the same vaccination requirements.
When asked how many unvaccinated educators were in the Victorian system, both the Minister and the Secretary were unable to answer.
Victorian's know that vaccinations are essential to safe guarding our community, but in Daniel Andrews' Victoria, that doesn't mean our educators.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Families and Children, Georgie Crozier:"Daniel Andrews and Jenny Mikakos were warned two years ago that unvaccinated Early Childhood Educators were a problem, yet they have failed to take any action.
"When it comes to protecting Victorian children, Daniel Andrews may talk tough, but when it comes to taking action, he is missing.
"Another day and another failure exposed under Jenny Mikakos' responsibility. How many more chances will Daniel Andrews give to this Minister who is clearly out of her depth."
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