June 7, 2019 11:35 am

N.B. legislative amendments introduced to remove non-medical immunization exemptions

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The New Brunswick government introduced legislative amendments on Friday, requiring students and staff to provide either proof of immunization or a medical exemption on a form signed by a medical professional.

The amendments would remove the current non-medical exemptions from the mandatory immunization requirements for public school and licensed early learning and child care admissions.

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These changes have been introduced after a series of measles cases have been confirmed in the Saint John area, mostly affecting high school students.

The amendments are to the Education Act and the Public Health Act.

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Students attending public schools and children in licensed early learning and child care facilities – either currently enrolled in or being admitted for the first time – must provide poof of immunization or a medical exemption.

The Act Respecting Proof of Immunization would come into effect Sept. 1, 2021.

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