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‘No jab, no play’ succeeds in prompting forgetful parents

Childcare centres’ ‘no jab, no play’ policies have proved successful in prompting forgetful parents to fully vaccinate their children, a study shows.

However, the policies have had no effect on intractable vaccine refusers, according to research carried out in one of Australia’s low-vaccination blackspots in northern NSW.

Interviews with the operators of 10 childcare centres in the Northern Rivers area drew almost unanimous feedback that the ‘no jab, no play’ rules introduced by several states after 2013 had increased awareness of immunisation requirements and prompted forgetful parents to have their children fully vaccinated.