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Parliamentary questions
17 October 2016
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mara Bizzotto (ENF)

 Subject:  Optional vaccinations for children in Veneto, Italy and Europe

To respect families’ rights to decide whether or not to have their children vaccinated, the Veneto Region, by Regional Law 7/2007, has made vaccinations for children optional. However, these vaccinations continue to be regarded as essential healthcare and to be offered free of charge by the Veneto health and welfare authorities (ULSS).

The Emilia-Romagna Region would like to make it compulsory for children to be vaccinated before they are enrolled at day nurseries.

According to the data which have emerged from an investigation by the Veneto Region entitled ‘Report on vaccinations in 2015’, in Veneto the rate of childhood vaccination has fallen to 91%, when the critical threshold has been legally established at 95%.

Following the publication of this report, the Governor of Veneto, Luca Zaia, decided to reopen the debate in the Regional Council on Law 7/2007, in order to negotiate a balance between protection of public health and families’ freedom to choose. In the Council conclusions on childhood immunisation (2011/C 202/02), the Commission is invited to ‘ensure synergy between the promotion of childhood vaccination and the implementation of relevant EU legislation and policies, while fully respecting national competences’.

— That said, can the Commission state its position on making vaccinations non-compulsory? — Furthermore, can it say what the situation is in the other Member States, and in which of these childhood vaccinations are optional?

Original language of question: IT 
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