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Health Minister: Parents must be compelled by law to seek out information on children's vaccination

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Sorina Pintea

Health Minister Sorina Pintea stated on Tuesday in an interview for Libertatea live, that she will militate for parents to be compelled by law to seek out information about their children's vaccination, and should they refuse to do so, they pay a fine that will finance the healthcare system.

"I think that we have to inform the parent. If the parent does not want to be informed, compel him/her to seek out information. And should he/she not want to get informed, that he/she pay a fine, because the Romanian state invests money in everything the person uses. (...) Just as the state provides, so can the parent at least give me the right to compel him to learn. But I have never said that we would take a child by the hand and take them by force to get vaccinated. I have never said that, but the obligation to seek out information, I will militate to see it comprised in the law," Pintea said.

According to her, if there is an epidemic, an unvaccinated child will definitely not be received in the school, not to discriminate the child but to prevent them from getting ill.

Sorina Pintea affirmed that she expressed in favour of vaccination and was offended on social networks for this.

She denied some rumours according to which Romania has allegedly acquired vaccines from Kazakhstan.

"I have heard a very strange story that vaccines were acquired from Kazakhstan...No such thing, believe me, people are responsible. We are talking about our children, in the end, most of us are parents," Pintea further said.

She further stated that one of her mandate's objective is to draw up a code of laws regarding health.



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