From the 1st of January 2018 all children attending a centre-based service must be up to date with their vaccinations. An Immunisation History Statement must be provided to Blinkies upon enrolment and again when immunisations have been updated. Your child’s Immunisation History Statement can be accessed from Medicare online via your MyGov account. Should a child not be up to date with vaccinations then the family will not receive benefits from the government. Enrolling children who are not immunised could result in a financial penalty to the Approved Provider.

There are exceptions to the rule however. Children who are medically unable to receive immunisations due to allergy/reaction are exempt from having to be immunised, but will still be considered up to date with their vaccinations. The exemptions will be listed on their AIR Immunisation History Statement.

To find out more information visit the NSW Health website where a toolkit is available with relevant information regarding the requirements for immunisation.