The Italian government’s decision to make vaccines compulsory for children has sparked protests. Parents who refuse to give their children the vaccines face losing custody over them as well as fines, reports ORF.
“The government approved making 12 vaccines, including measles, rubella and chickenpox, mandatory starting this September for children attending Italian pre-schools through the second year of high school. Other required vaccines include tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis B,” reports The Independent.
“The health minister, Beatrice Lorenzin, said children will not be accepted into nursery or pre-schools without proof of vaccinations, while parents of children legally obliged to attend school will face hefty fines for noncompliance.”
A demonstration against the compulsory vaccination has been called for July 8th in the city of Pesaro. Protestors argue that there has been no measles epidemic, which has been used to justify making the vaccines mandatory. The government has been accused of serving the interests of pharmaceutical companies.