Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children may lose up to NIS 2,000 (US $539) if a law passed by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Sunday become law.
The bill is intended to regulate state treatment with anti-vaccine families, and will allow the Ministry of Health to keep unvaccinated children out of school when there is concern about an outbreak.
The proposal includes requiring the Ministry of Health to record which children were immunized or not, in accordance with the Ministry's recommendations, and to send a warning to the parents of those who were not inoculated.
If the parents do not vaccinate their children after the warning, they will be invited to a meeting to explain the importance of the vaccination, and if they still refuse at the end, they will have to sign a document saying so. At that point, any parent who does not inoculate their children can lose income tax rebates in the amount of up to NIS 2,000 ($ 539).
There have been more than 1,000 cases of measles reported in Israel this year, most of which are in the Jerusalem area. The Ministry of Health said earlier this year that 90% of cases in Israel were people who had not been vaccinated or who came in contact with unvaccinated people.
The way to not get the virus is to get the MMR vaccine, which is 97% effective when the two recommended doses are received on time, according to the Ministry of Health.
MK Shuli Moallem-Refaeli (Bayit Yehudi) and Yoel Hasson (Zionist Union) proposal was written by the Midaat family health organization and is supported by the Israel Medical Association and the Israel Pediatric Association.
Hasson praised the ministerial committee for voting "to heal a sick system.
"Now we will be able to implement the national vaccination policy … which balances protecting public health with freedom. I am happy to start a long-term solution that protects the health of our children, "Hasson said.
Moallem-Refaeli, a nurse practitioner, said that "children who are not vaccinated run the risk of contracting diseases and can spread them to those around them and are the center of outbreaks of serious illnesses that can have tragic results.
"We must respond to parents who refuse to vaccinate for lack of knowledge or ideological reasons and bring better public health," he added.
In the light of the current political situation, the project is unlikely to reach a final vote before the Knesset is dispersed. However, if you pass a first reading, the Knesset will be required to continue the work from where you left off after the election.
This article has been adapted from its original source.