Giving a vaccination injection shot 370 (R).
(photo credit: Chaiwat Subprasom / Reuters)
The Treasury has dropped its objection to cutting child allotments for parents
who refuse to immunize their offspring against childhood diseases, the Israel
Council for the Child reported in triumph on Monday.
The council strongly
supports vaccinations but it has opposed – in three appeals to the High Court of
Justice within four years – withholding allotments from families that oppose
vaccinations for ideological or other reasons.
Dr. Yitzhak Kadman said that it was “the wise men of the Treasury who in
the 2009 Arrangements Law dreamed up the wrong idea of hurting children and
child allotments as a punishment for parents who did not take their children for
Now, the Finance Ministry has changed its mind and cancelled the
“harmful and unnecessary fine,” he said.
“It’s a shame,” he continued,
“that only now has the Treasury decided to forgo its idea and to get its
satisfaction in another, much more cruel way by cutting child allotments in a
drastic way. The council supports vaccination as an effective and proven method
for preventing disease and mortality and strengthening children’s health, but
it’s better to advance vaccination rates – which in any case in Israel are among
the highest in the world – through information and education and making the
immunization service more accessible to all sectors, instead of futile plans to
punish children and families by hitting them in their pockets.”
concluded that he hopes that all the money the Treasury meant to invest in
mechanisms for the Health Ministry to report to the National Insurance Institute
and back again will be invested in open educational campaigns for parents and
making Tipat Halav wellbaby centers more accessible to all parts of the