No jab, no pay policy will make little difference

The federal government’s new no jab, no pay plan is well intended but won’t lift vaccination rates among young children, say University of Sydney social policy experts.

Associate professor Julie Leask says the policy amounts to a form of “mandatory vaccination” for lower income families that won’t motivate higher income families who are more prevalent among vaccine objectors.

Data from the National Health Performance Authority reveals that as of 2012-13, affluent areas, where families may not