“Politics must take steps to increase the vaccination rate”

The measles are back. Contamination is reported worldwide, such as in The Hague, New York and in Germany. It presents governments and daycare centers with new dilemmas.

Vaccination obligation in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, the debate is mainly about whether or not daycare centers can refuse children, and not so much about a vaccination obligation. “You always want parents to vaccinate their child without obligation,” says Roland Pierik, senior lecturer in philosophy of law at the University of Amsterdam and member of the vaccination committee. Yet Pierik sees a role for the government: “Politics must take steps to increase the vaccination rate.”

More than a hundred daycare centers throughout the Netherlands say that it is their policy to refuse unvaccinated children according to a survey by the NOS. Refusing unvaccinated children is in principle not permitted in the Netherlands.

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