An anti-vaccination group is encouraging parents to circumvent the NSW government’s crackdown on unvaccinated children by joining a “dubious” religious organisation.
“The tenets of this church absolutely oppose forced medication including vaccination,” the AVN says on its website.
NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson has questioned the credentials of the church.
“The credentials of the Church of Conscious Living as a genuine religious organisation are completely dubious – yet its members will be able to use it to gain an exemption,” he said.
Unvaccinated children will be banned from childcare and childcare centre operators will face fines of $4,000 if inspectors discover they are caring for children who don’t have proof of vaccination, under new state laws.
But the legislation, introduced to parliament on Wednesday morning, leaves the door open for parents objecting to vaccinations on religious or medical grounds.
That’s a pretty big loophole to just ignore especially when the anti-vax group formerly known as the AVN is behind the scheme.
For more on the AVN and their infamous history, see here. It may be the church of “conscious” living but their agenda is certainly unconscionable.