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Allow Vaccination Of Children In Schools, Mps on Health Committee

Allow Vaccination Of Children In Schools, Mps on Health Committee

Members of Parliament in the health committee have said government should allow vaccination of children in schools.

MPs say that it is unfair to let some students who were vaccinated be in the same classrooms as those who are not yet vaccinated. Rukungiri Municipality Member of Parliament, Dr Elisa Rutahigwa says they always expect disease outbreaks.

This can easily attack schools where they would need timely treatment as key in protecting students from the disease.

“If you left it to parents to take children for immunization or not and you have an infection in your school and have children who are not immunized, would you be comfortable to have them mix with the rest? Don’t you think it is a risk?” asked Rutahigwa.

However, Eric Senyonjo, the proprietor of St Anne’s Preparatory School in Kabowa said they should not permit mandatory vaccination of school children.

He says vaccination should be based on informed voluntary consent. This is especially for new vaccinations, of which some are still in trial phase.

“Parents of our children know their medical history so they need to be consulted and educated prior to these vaccinations. Therefore, schools should not be held responsible for the decisions of others.”

Some parents said schools should let them know before doing anything to their children. They say they need to know the merits and demerits of this vaccination process.

“As parents, we need to be brought on board before anything happens to our children. We should be sensitized on the merits and demerits of these vaccines so that we can protect the generations to come,” a parent said.

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