Enrolment Immunisation Policy
Consistent with changes to the Public Health Act 2005 (Qld), Ashgrove Memorial Kindergarten will accept enrolment but refuse attendance of children who are not ‘up to date’ with their scheduled vaccinations, on the following basis.
- For 2018 enrolments – new families will need to provide proof of up-to-date immunisation before the child can attend. For returning families, siblings of children enrolled previously at Ashgrove Memorial may attend even if immunisation status is not up-to-date.
- From 2019 – all children must provide proof of up-to-date immunisation before attending. (ie this requirement applies to siblings of children previously enrolled at Ashgrove Memorial).
Prior to attendance at Ashgrove Memorial Kindergarten, parents/carers are required to provide an immunisation history statement showing that their child’s immunisation status is ‘up to date’.
A current immunisation history statement showing that the child’s immunisation is ‘up to date’ must be provided no later than 4 weeks after being requested by the service. When making that request, parents/carers will be reminded that if the statement is not provided, or if the child’s immunisation status is not ‘up to date’, the child will not be permitted to attend until proof of up to date immunisation is provided.
As prescribed in the Act, attendance will not be refused on the basis of a child having a medical contraindication to some or all scheduled vaccines, and/or being on a recognised vaccination catch-up schedule.
An immunisation history statement must be used as proof that a child’s immunisation status is up-to-date. This statement can be:
- An official record issued by the Australian Immunisation Register; or
- A letter from a recognised immunisation provider (eg a GP or immunisation nurse).
The Personal Health Record (the ‘red book’) from Queensland Health is not acceptable proof of immunisation because it only contains handwritten updates.