Parents in favor of choice are celebrating today; after months of negotiations, the Italians have finally “managed to form a government based on the Five Star Movement and the Northern League both of whom were opposed to vaccine mandates piloted by Beatrice Lorenzin and the previous center-left government.”1While Giulia Grillo, the new Health Minister favors vaccines, she is against “Lorenzin’s law.”
According to the European Parliment, Lorenzin’s Law, or “Decree Law No 73,” requires that newborn babies born between 2001 to 2017 must be vaccinated for entry into school. “Non-vaccinated children up to the age of 6 will not be allowed to attend classes and there will be a penalty of EUR 100 — 500 for non-vaccinated students attending compulsory school.”2
With the formation of the new government, it is believed that the law might be able to be overturned. In fact, protests against mandatory vaccination are set to take place in Italy in two days time (June 3) at at least five venues as part of the International Protest Against Mandatory Vaccination. 3
As we have seen in recent months, some within the vaccine lobby have indicated “a willingness to back off pushing for mandates and compulsion,”4 hoping that “anti-vaxxers” will silence their desires to have a public discussion about the safety of vaccines. Obviously, that’s not going to happen.
We will be watching Grillo, who has a medical degree, to see how she deals with all the issues surrounding vaccines. We will update you as we have more information.