18 Sep 2018

Parents in Papua refuse vaccine drive

1:32 pm on 18 September 2018

Parents in Papua are reportedly refusing to let their children be immunised, as the government rolls out a vaccine programme in schools.

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A worker from a community health centre in Tolikara regency told Antara News around 40 percent of parents are refusing the vaccines.

Herdika Pareang said the parents were concerned about their children contracting disabilities or other illnesses.

The regional Health Agency said it was trying to educate parents who have a limited and incorrect understanding of vaccines.

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