Over 100,000 kids in Lombardy not vaccinated

School registration risks delays, fines.

Well over 100,000 children in Lombardy born between 2001 and 2016 are not yet legally covered by obligatory vaccinations, which puts at risk registration for the coming school year and could expose their parents to fines.

According to the law voted in July, a complete course of free compulsory jabs is a requirement for admission to nursery schools (asili nido) and infant schools (scuole dell’infanzia) for children up to 6 years of age.  For elementary schools (over 6 years), pupils without full vaccination cover may attend school, but will be sent to their ASL (local health unit) to complete the cycle, and their parents may be subjected to fines from €100 to €500.

Those who are immunised by having already had the diseases, or whose specific health profile makes vaccination permanently or temporarily unwise, are exonerated.

There is however a transitory rule to avoid delays in registering for the school year about to start: parents or guardians can complete the registration with a self-certification on jabs already done or with a confirmation of an appointment with the ASL for completing the cycle.

Lombardy regional council has set up a dedicated website (in Italian) to explain the rules and answer frequently asked questions.