A Swiss childcare group has decided to turn down applicants not vaccinated against measles and whooping cough.
The “Bubble Bees” organisation, which operates eight nurseries across north-eastern Switzerland has started requesting proof that the children are vaccinated against measles and whooping cough. When the parents cannot or will not show this, a meeting is arranged along with a paediatrician to try to convince them. If this is unsuccessful, the child is rejected.
Bubble Bees staff members must also be vaccinated.
This is the first case of such an obligatory vaccination being taken in Switzerland but officials expect to see more, especially since figures show 200 new measles cases detected in Switzerland in 2019 – already four times more than in all of 2018.
More than 10 other European countries have gone further, introducing general obligations for vaccination, punishable by fines if not followed. France introduced such a system in 2018, while in Germany, a regulation foresees fines of up to €2,500 and expulsion from nursery – for unvaccinated cases while in Switzerland there is no similar legislation.