September 20, 2019 – Fredericton, NB – A new survey has found that the vast majority of New Brunswick residents (88%) support the provincial government’s proposed requirement that all students attending public schools, and children in licensed early learning and child care facilities, provide proof of immunizations unless they have a medical exemption. This includes 63% of NB residents who ‘completely support’ the proposed requirement.
“These results back up what pharmacists are hearing at the counter from patients. Strong support exists in New Brunswick for vaccinations despite what has been heard by a vocal minority,” says Paul Blanchard, Executive Director of the New Brunswick Pharmacists Association (NBPA).
The NBPA recently appeared before the Law Amendments Committee to express its strong support for Bill 39, An Act Respecting Proof of Immunization that proposes to remove non-medical exemptions from the immunization requirements for public schools and licenced early childhood facilities.
“The facts are – vaccines have been proven safe and effective. They have saved millions of lives worldwide. As many as 20% of New Brunswick students couldn’t provide proof of immunization when they entered publicly funded school last year. That puts everyone at risk. The facts are that diseases like measles are not harmless childhood diseases,” says Dieppe pharmacist Christine Boudreau, President of the New Brunswick Pharmacists Association.
Commissioned by the New Brunswick Pharmacists’ Association, the survey was conducted by telephone with 400 New Brunswickers aged 18 and over from August 8 to August 25, 2019 by Narrative Research as part of its Atlantic Quarterly Survey. The results are accurate 4.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
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