Unvaccinated children cannot attend public schools in three cities in part of prefecture that includes Salerno
A measure to make it difficult for unvaccinated children to attend schools in three cities in the prefecture of Salerno in southern Italy has triggered a heated debate over parental rights and suspicion of government overreaching.
Children not vaccinated against more than 40 infectious diseases must now find their own way to class, giving schools a two-week window in which to find places for the first arrivals before non-affected pupils take their place.
The move, enacted by a member of a Salerno city council, is intended to start inoculating children who will have been exposed to a rare strain of adenovirus during the three-day summer holiday.
The prefecture’s mayor, Franco Colombani, rejected the proposal, saying vaccination of children against contagious diseases “is a sacred obligation and a fundamental duty”.
No case of adenovirus has been reported in southern Italy this year, and the number of youngsters who need to be vaccinated was overstressed, he said.