US state bans ‘unvaccinated’ groups from public places

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A few other US states require that children receive the hepatitis B vaccine A state in the US has announced it will require all groups that bring people into…

US state bans 'unvaccinated' groups from public places

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A few other US states require that children receive the hepatitis B vaccine

A state in the US has announced it will require all groups that bring people into a space or facility to provide them with a vaccine.

The state of Colorado has announced it will require all businesses, nursing homes and educational establishments to submit a vaccination contract to handle people.

Those that don’t supply all the required vaccines can be fined, said state department of public health and environment spokeswoman Lori Montoya.

The move is part of a five-point effort to protect the state’s citizens.

“Keeping the public safe begins with protecting the health of Colorado’s children,” according to a statement.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The outbreak of measles in the UK in 2016 and 2017

Colorado is hoping to prevent the spread of highly contagious diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella by mandating the vaccines as a way to secure state funding for public health projects, reported Reuters news agency.

Montoya said the restrictions on an infant’s vaccination would not apply to a contract with a nursery.

Other states have passed laws, including California and Minnesota, making these particular forms of vaccine mandatory, but only in certain circumstances.

Although CDC guidelines and vaccine law in the US allow children to be exempted from any vaccination by a physician, this restriction is less common in Colorado, where many institutions offer the shot to children in their care.

Miguel Gutierrez, who studied vaccines and public health at the University of Southern California, told Reuters that some parts of the Colorado law are “not appropriate” since this should be the burden of a doctor.

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