The government’s No Jab No Pay initiative, effective from 1 January 2016 is set to be no problem for the majority of families in Cape York.
With 95% of Cape York kids fully immunised, most families will not have to worry about the implications of No Jab No Pay.
The government No Jab No Pay initiative is designed to increase the number of families getting their children immunised. For those that don’t, the consequences are severe, with Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and Family Tax Benefit part A being withheld.
Apunipima is actively chasing up families whose kids are behind on their vaccinations.
Head of Family Health for Apunipima, Rachel Sargeant said:
There are a very small number of children in Cape York who are not up to date with their vaccinations and we routinely follow up with those families to make sure those children are protected.
As part of our Baby One ProgramTM we talk about the benefits of vaccination with families while mum is pregnant and discuss the potential risks of not vaccinating their children.
If anyone is worried their child has not been vaccinated or is not up to date with their vaccinations they can check by talking to their local health worker or child health nurse. Alternatively you can find out online by registering with the mygov website and linking it to your Medicare account.