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Parliamentary questions
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14 September 2017
Question for written answer E-005725-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mara Bizzotto (ENF)

 Subject:  Vaccine for entering school: the Lorenzin Decree in Italy. The Commission's opinion is requested
 Answer in writing 

In Italy, Decree Law No 73 (i.e. Lorenzin), of 7 June 2017, establishes the requirement for newborn babies born between 2001 to 2017 to be vaccinated for entry into school.

Non-vaccinated children up to the age of 6 will not be allowed to attend classes and there will be a penalty of EUR 100 — 500 for non-vaccinated students attending compulsory school. The Decree, which entered into force within a few weeks of the school year beginning, and the closing deadline to submit vaccine documentation or vaccination requests are creating difficulties for Italian families and confusion about the application of the new rules.

Considering that there are thousands of parents who do not want to vaccinate their children because they consider vaccines to be potentially dangerous; considering that parents who choose to vaccinate their children would like clearer information that does not seem to be guaranteed nowadays; acknowledging that the Veneto Region has so far applied a similar model to that of 15 other EU countries, based on non-compulsory vaccination, while still ensuring good vaccination levels; can the Commission answer the following:
How does it view the Italian Government's decision to not let children up to the age of 6 into class and to penalise students from ages 6 to 16 with fines of up to EUR 500?
Can it indicate whether there are other countries in the EU where the requirement for vaccination is a condition for entrance into school and if any penalties are applied?
Original language of question: IT 
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