Should proof of vaccinations be required for school entry in B.C.?

B.C.’s provincial health officer says he supports a call by ’s doctors for every elementary and high school in the country to require parents to provide proof their child has received up-to-date immunizations for school entry. Dr. Perry Kendall said he’d like to see B.C. follow the lead of Ontario and New Brunswick, where parents are required to show proof of a child’s immunization status upon entry to the school system. Parents can exempt their children from the policy on medical, religious or conscientious grounds. Public health officials can then use that information to contact parents and discuss any concerns, while schools can require unimmunized students to stay at home in the event of a communicable disease outbreak, Kendall added.

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