A new survey shows widespread support to make mandatory vaccinations – such as B.C. government and health officials here consider a documentation registry that is similar to those used in Ontario, Manitoba and New Brunswick.
Angus Reid's opinion poll released on Thursday, 70 per cent of respondents believe that mandatory vaccination should be a requirement for children to go to school.
However, the mandatory registration model – where parents supply proof of their child's vaccination status when they start school – have been abducted in British Columbia.
"I do not currently consider the mandatory vaccination policy option for B.C." said a statement by Dr. Monika Naus, medical director of communicable diseases and immunization in B.C. Center for Disease Control.
"I support compulsory documentation on the status of children's immunization for registration at the school and the day nursery," he said.
Mandatory registration was recommended in 2014 by B.C. Report by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Perry Kendall, after 343 measles cases in B.C.
He was considered active since then, according to health minister B.C., Adrian Dix.
"What we need to do is take the steps to see more people being immunized," said Dix. "Compulsory registration … would increase the rate of vaccination."
In Ontario, every child has a immunization card that shows a record of their vaccinations. Parents update the card with each vaccination or reinforcement and inform those of the provincial healthcare unit either personally or on -lein.
In the mandatory documentary model, if a child is missing one or more vaccines, a valid exemption must be provided. Those exceptions include medical reasons, immune test or parental declaration for religion.
The model is also active in Manitoba and New Brunswick.
Another discovery of The Angus Reid show:
- 24 percent say vaccinations should be a parent's choice.
- 29 percent believe that vaccination science is not "quite clear"
- 26 per cent were concerned about the risk of side effects to those vaccinated.
Dr. No matter how far she knows, as ambulance assistants in Ontario are the only people in Canada who are under mandatory immunizations, with medical exceptions for that group.