The Australian government isn’t pinching any pennies when it comes to subverting anti-vaccine causes. In fact, they are reportedly now spending $5.5 million dollars to campaign against the anti-vaccine movement. A movement that’s already taken government hits, such as “no jab, no pay.” The country has also banned some individuals who have promoted anti-vaccine rhetoric and media.
The campaign, called “Get the Facts about Immunisation,” is a series of handouts and videos encouraging vaccination. The videos and handouts also feature parents who are grieving the losses of children.
Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, Health Minister Greg Hunt explained “it is these areas of low coverage which pose risks to the community, especially to people who can’t be vaccinated, like newborns and those with medical reasons.”
“They were both too young to be vaccinated, so like all other newborns, relied on the rest of the community being vaccinated to offer protection,” Mr Hunt said.
A list of places in Australia has been deemed as priority for distribution of the information due to lower vaccine rates.
New South Wales: Byron Bay, Inner Sydney, Mullumbimby and Burwood.
Queensland: The Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast hinterland.
Western Australia: Denmark, South Perth, Subiaco and Maylands.
Victoria: South Yarra, St Kilda and Prahran.
South Australia: Adelaide City and Unley.