Children can not attend nursery schools unless they are vaccinated, and parents of elementary and middle school pupils risk fines of up to 500 euros if they don't have doctor's notes showing that their children were vaccinated against the required diseases. The consequences for failing to comply with the legislation reportedly varies depending on how old the child is.
According to the BBC, the local authority in Bologna has already sent letters of suspension to the parents of approximately 300 kindergarten children and around 5,000 don't have up-to-date vaccination documentation.More news: Apple Announces March 25th Event at the Steve Jobs Theater
New data from Italy's health ministry suggests that the laws are making a difference, with 94 per cent of children having at least one dose of the measles vaccine in June 2018, up two per cent in just six months as parents may have vaccinated their children in anticipation of the new requirements.
Those aged between six and 16 can not be banned from attending school, but their parents face fines if they do not complete the mandatory course of immunisations.
The last day for parents to turn in vaccine documents was Monday.More news: UnitedHealthcare expands program to pass drug discounts on to consumers
"No vaccine, no school", said Giulia Grillo, the health minister.
These include vaccinations for chickenpox, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella. The waiver was heavily criticised by the scientific and medical community, which said it could reverse progress made in boosting Italy's vaccination rates in recent years.
Regional authorities are taking care of the situation through different ways, report Italian media.More news: Maurizio Sarri fears Chelsea injuries due to poor Dynamo Kiev pitch
The new rules came into force on Tuesday and are part of the so-called "Lorenzin law", named after former Italian Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin.