Parliament rejects bill abolishing obligatory vaccinations

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Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, voted against the draft bill which proposed to abolish compulsory vaccinations.

Anti-vaccination bill rejected by Parliamentary committees

The citizen-initiated bill that passed Parliament last month was on Thursday rejected by the Parliamentary health and social policy committees.

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As many as 354 of MPs voted in favour of rejecting the draft, ten were against and 16 abstained.

The result of the vote is not a surprise, because a majority of parties represented in parliament declared that they would vote against the bill draft.

Moreover, the health and social policy committees of the Polish parliament, at their joint seating on Thursday evening, assessed the draft negatively, suggesting that the parliament vote in favour of turning it down.

The proposal, initiated by a nationwide organisation opposing mandatory vaccination, called for the abolition of compulsory vaccinations, with the exception of ad-hoc inoculation programmes in the event of an epidemic.

Vaccinations in Poland are compulsory for citizens under the age of 19 against tuberculosis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and more.

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