Parents in Italy will no longer need to provide medical evidence that their children have received ten mandatory vaccinations in order to enrol them at a state primary school, the Health Minister said on Thursday.
Parents had been set a July 10th deadline to provide schools with the relevant documentation, but it will now be possible for parents to simply submit their own confirmation that the child has been vaccinated, according to Giulia Grillo, Italy’s Health Minister, who was speaking at a press conference on Thursday.
Both the League and Five Star Movement, which have governed together since June 1st, had promised to scrap the compulsory vaccination law introduced last year.
Under the decree, which sparked heated public debate when it took effect, children cannot enroll in a creche or kindergarten unless they have been vaccinated against measles as well as nine other diseases. All of these vaccinations are offered free of charge, and parents who failed to comply face fines of up to €500, unless there was a medical reason for not getting the vaccines.