Aussie GPs rebuts statements made by anti-vaccine opponents
Doctor’s group Down Under contradicts anti-vaxx skeptics over No Jab No Pay
No Jab No Pay legislation was in the spotlight today as the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners took pains to refute statements made by the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network, who are opposed to the Federal Government’s heavy-handed and cruel program.
A statement released today by the Australian Vaccine-skeptics Network claimed that the legislation–which prohibits vaccination opponents from receiving government assistance if they refuse to relent to government wishes and have their children vaccinated–was opposed by leading medical groups, and should therefore be reconsidered.
The statement read, in part:
“From representatives of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) to the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register; to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners as well as a host of vaccine service providers, the voices amongst the mainstream medical community were nearly unanimous in their opposition to this legislation.”
But confusion was the order of the day as at least two of those groups released statements of their own countering the AVN statement, and claiming their support for No Jab No Pay.
The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance or NCIRS was one such group that denied the AVN claims.
“The NCIRS, together with state and territory government health departments and many others involved in the National Immunisation Program are currently supporting implementation of the Australian Government’s new policy for immunisation requirements for family assistance payment eligibility,” a spokeswoman for the group said.
The AVN declined to comment on the apparent contradiction.
The AVN has been engaged in pursuing legal action against the government’s No Jab, No Pay program, and has expressed hope that the various legal options open to them are promising. Another statement from the group read:
“The Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network (AVN) announced this week that they have received a preliminary oral advice from their barrister indicating that at least one avenue has been found to challenge the Federal Government’s No Jab, No Pay legislation, enacted in January of this year.”
The president of the AVN, Tasha David claims that a hearing before the Senate received over 3,000 submissions opposing the legislation.
It remains to be seen what will come of the snafu with the various groups disavowing the AVNs claims about them.
But despite the mixup, one thing remains clear: the AVN is not alone in opposing No Jab No Pay.