Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan issues the following release on vaccination education for parents who choose not to vaccinate their children.
Khan stated, “I oppose excluding children from public schools if they have not been vaccinated. While I fully and completely accept the science behind vaccination and herd immunity, there are social factors that complicate this.
“Instead, I support mandatory education for any parent who chooses not to vaccinate their children who attend public school. Parents who do not vaccinate their children should be required to review the science behind vaccinations. They should then have to sign a waiver recognizing those risks, and acknowledge that they will be required to withdraw their children temporarily from school if an outbreak occurs.
“Banning these children from public schools is heavy-handed and harsh. Many “anti-vaxxers’” rejection of vaccinations is rooted in a fear of Government. This skepticism is especially prevalent among certain minority groups such as Indigenous peoples or the differently-abled who have been historically subjected to harmful and hateful mandatory Government medical procedures including sterilization, and child apprehension policies including residential schools.
“Banning these children from school only reinforces that skepticism and fear. It does not address the root cause of a lack of information and a lack of trust. It also further isolates these children from mainstream society.
“Children going without vaccinations is a serious problem, but it is not one we can solve with heavy-handedness and coercion. Instead, we need to keep a level head and use the tools of education and trust.”