The Herald-Sun reported today on a conflict between State and Federal governments on the issue of mass vaccination programs in schools.
Taking aim at Victoria, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said a universal school-based scheme would be the “fastest way out” of Victoria requiring kids in grades 3 to 6 to wear masks for the rest of term. Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley slammed Mr Hunt’s proposal, saying, “Last year, we stepped in to fix the commonwealth’s failed vaccination program, and now we are having to do it all over again with state-run pop-up clinics and grants for primary care providers to provide in-reach vaccination programs in Victorian schools.”
PV Chief Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in the article. Gail said that Parents Victoria “questioned early in the vaccination rollout why existing school immunisation models were not implemented statewide for the students. Schools and families are accustomed to this practice over many years and generations in state schools.”