Romanian lawmakers will vote on a bill that could make it compulsory for children to be vaccinated against polio, measles and hepatitis B.
The law for mandatory childhood vaccination could go into effect starting at the end of February after a final vote on the bill at the end of this month, Digi24 reported
The Senate approved the bill in October 2017, leaving the Chamber of Deputies to have the final vote on it.
If the bill passes in its current form, parents and guardians who refuse to consent to their children being vaccinated risk fines of up to 10,000 lei. Parents will have the right to refuse vaccinations only if the child has had an adverse reaction to one or more vaccines.
In its current form, vaccinated children who haven’t been vaccinated may be barred from attending kindergartens or schools.
Children will need to be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, rubella, mumps and hepatitis B.
After the Chamber of Deputies votes on the bill, it will be sent to the president to be signed into law.