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Leading Australian pediatricians warn that the rules banning unvaccinated 12-15 year olds in Victoria from attending public places or social gatherings are not commensurate with the health threat they pose and the risk of causing further psychological harm among children.
Exclusion rules for unvaccinated children in Victoria They are the toughest in Australia, banning them from going to public places including retail stores, cafes and restaurants, and sparking fierce debate over whether the directives go too far.
Australian vaccination expert Margie Danshin said it was imperative that children, who have experienced prolonged lockdown, not be harshly punished by COVID-19 vaccine mandates for school, social or sporting activities.
“Children have really had enough of the pandemic,” she said.
“When you start affecting these kids in terms of social interactions and sporting interactions, there’s a risk that you’re only compounding the damage.”
Calls come the next day New South Wales announced that unvaccinated teenagers An exemption will be granted to attend the year-end ceremonies, with health officials giving the go-ahead for all 12th graders to attend the ceremonies and graduations.
Although they cannot attend house parties or nightclubs with their peers, unvaccinated Year 12 students will be able to attend their school forms after they were signed by NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard on Wednesday.
According to federal government data, 87.2 per cent of 16-19-year-olds in NSW have been double stabbed. Unvaccinated students have been able to attend classes – as well as complete HSC exams – alongside their vaccinated peers since returning to in-person learning in October.
Professor Danshin pointed out the high rates Eating disorders, self-harm, depression and anxiety in young people reported during the pandemic.