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A Queensland mother is openly seeking a doctor to exempt her daughter from vaccinations.

Despite being medically fit to receive them, she wants exemption so she will not be cut off from tax benefits.

The woman wrote to more than 4,000 members of the ‘Vaccine Choice Australia’ Facebook group, saying her doctor reluctantly provided an exemption form for her daughter that expires in a month – and she ‘highly doubts’ she will receive another, reports The Daily Mail.

‘How can I get around this?’ she wote.

‘Are there any locals in Bundaberg who have a doctor who will sign one? Or is there another way I can get around this?

‘Surprisingly my day care is wonderfully accepting of my choice not to vax and aren’t bothered.’

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The post comes six months after the government instituted a ‘no jab, no pay’ policy, which restricts parents from receiving child care assistance and Family Tax Benefit A – worth up to $2100 per child, if their child isn’t vaccinated.

It also removes clauses which previously allowed parents to ‘conscientiously object’ to vaccinating their children and still receive family payments.

There are very few ways to get around the new policy, and according to Dr Tony Bartone, Vice President of the Australian Medical Association, the window for exclusion on medical grounds is ‘very narrow’.

‘Any time a doctor signs a legal document – we take that responsibility very seriously. I find it perturbing and concerning that people are actively looking for doctors to avoid vaccination,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

He said any doctor who falsified certificates would be harshly disciplined.

‘We all have to abide by our code of ethics and our responsibilities. If we falsified certificates, that would be viewed very seriously by the authorities and there would be disciplinary action,’ he said.

‘[Vaccination] is no longer a question of agreement – now it’s either yes you’re on the register or no you’re not.

‘Parents who choose not to have their children vaccinated risk weakening the herd immunity and it puts vulnerable people, such as very young babies or people who are undergoing some forms of chemotherapy, at risk.’

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  • My Mum used to tell me how she remembered children with calipers on their legs because they had caught Polio and things like that as young children. Then the vaccines came in and there was a great drop in children getting ill with these horrible diseases. Now we want to go back to no vaccines…seems so odd.

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  • To be honest when I read all the comments here I’m a bit shocked about the anger and sharpness in the words I read. People differ from opinion and this lady’s different opinion is clearly not accepted….

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  • This makes me angry for so many reasons. This lady has no basis for excemption, shes just looking for an easy out to still get government money. Not vaccinating children puts others at risk. If you dont want to vax your kids its not just your kids you are putting at risk (or protecting as these people claim) you put other kids who are too young, too sick, immuno compromised at risk. You put people like me who are having chemo at risk. They put elderly at risk. Its a selfish irresponsible decision not to vax. Except in extremely rare cases of medical reasons. And this is VERY rare. The nerve of this parent taking to facebook to seek out a dr infuriates me. I hope she is caught out by centrelink and hope no doctor does this so easily that parents can ask and find out through common knowledge. This makes me so angry!

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  • Disgusting. No jab , no money. If there is no medical reason then why should she get the money. I hope that Dr is caught out to

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  • Not wanting to vaccinate is irresponsible, and on top of that she wants to take money she is not entitled to. So, she is endangering the community and stealing from it as well. I hope any doctor she approaches refuses her request and reports her.

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  • Gees. I can say having a son that contracted a life threatening case of bacterial pneumonia that he was vaccinated against I thank god he received it as if he didn’t it would have killed him if he had no immunity. So scary and I’ll never take that protection for granted

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  • Bloody disgusting!
    I live in bundaberg myself.
    I hope this woman gets whats coming to her for this and has to pay back all her benefits money.
    She’s Putting her child and other people at risk and then has the gall to try and get a doctor to help defraud the government just to get money. simply despicable.

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  • Further to my previous comment, I hope that other parents at that particular daycare are aware that this particular child is not vaccinated. Especially if they are taking their babies there!

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  • I live in Bundaberg. I would hope that her child is not attending the same daycare as my child!

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  • Why do people want to get around a vaccination? It’s so important for the all community!

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  • I have lost friends over this debate. Vaccinate your children people! People like this are going out of their way to be negligent and it makes my blood boil

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  • Some people won’t learn until their own kid is on their death bed. I have 2 premmie babies and the fear for their safety was crazy

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  • People who refuse to vaccinate without a medical reason are stupid ad selfish.

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