Romania

Romania

ROMANIA

 

Vaccination policy

 

In Romania there is no mandatory vaccine. Vaccines are recommended. In April 2015, without explainations, the official vaccination schedule changed and suddenly the 6-months dose was removed, while the 1-year shots are now being recommended at 11 months of age. No public scientific explaination has been offered.
In October 2015, APC (Association for Consumer Protection Romania) sent an official letter to the Ministry of Health requesting information and internal documents/protocols of the Vaccination Committee with respect to the changes in the vaccination schedule. They have not yet received any answer.
As of April 2015, there has been an almost permanent media bombing on vaccines: officials from the Health Ministry and the Vaccination Committee were interviewed on TV and in newspapers and announced every month that they were “working on a new law on vaccination” which would mandate a number of vaccines in Romania.
They initially announced that “parents who repeatedly refuse vaccines for their children” risk huge fines. Then, a few months later, after they assessed the public impact and realized that there were too many parents willing to fight for their rights to refuse vaccinations, they appeared again on TV and in the newspapers to announce that “parents will not suffer any financial punishments”, yet the new law will provide for penalties for all the doctors who do not support vaccination (including risk of losing their medical licence) and fines for the directors of state kindergartens and schools who accept unvaccinated children in their institutions. As of November 2015, there is still no such draft of law. The Romanian government has just been reshuffled, so we don”t know what will come.

 

EFVV organisations in Romania:

 

Romania hosted the 2016 EFVV AGM in its capital city Bucharest. The local staff was managed by Felicia Popescu and here is a presentation of her:
I was born in Romania and have been living in Germany for the past 25 years. I have a 7-year old unvaccinated son and I started researching vaccines in 2007. Since 2009 I have been writing on my personal blog about vaccines, translating articles etc. to make them available to my fellow Romanians. Meanwhile, my blog is being read by over 30.000 people monthly and has become the central information source for parents who get their information from outside the mainstream media. At present I am working on a new site, Pro Informed Decisions, to incorporate all the relevant information on vaccines. Soon we will also form an association having the same name. We also have a team of lawyers, the support of a politician who has publicly declared of being against mandatory vaccination, doctors and even University professors.

 

Other pro-choice organisations in Romania:

 

School

Unvaccinated children in Romania are allowed at any pre-school and school grade.

Adverse event following immunisation public reporting system