Italy’s government has abandoned mandatory vaccinations for school children after a parliament voted to scrap the law that requires parents to prove children have had 10 vaccinations before enrolling them in pre-school, CNN reports.
Italy’s immensely popular Deputy Prime Minster Matteo Salvini has said that the required vaccines are “useless and in many cases harmful”, the Financial Times reported.
The government’s senior coalition partner the Five Star Movement and its populist junior ally The League, both oppose mandatory vaccinations and say that schools should be more inclusive.
Vaccine producing corporations have expressed dismay at the ending of forced vaccinations while other advocating freedom of choice and those with concerns on vaccine safety have applauded the move.
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