Vaccination against measles

German cabinet approves bill requiring measles vaccinations. In case of violations, fines of up to 2500 euros are threatened.

#DPA Vaccination against measles

Berlin (dpa) - The German cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill that would require measles vaccinations starting in March 2020, with a fine of 2,500 euros (2,800 dollars) for anyone violating the law.

The bill, which would require parents to prove that their children are vaccinated before they can enter the daycare or school system, now moves to the German parliament.

Personnel at daycares and schools, along with those in the medical field and at community centres, such as refugee accommodations, must also be vaccinated.

"We want to protect as many children as possible from a measles infection," said German Health Minister Jens Spahn on Wednesday.

A worldwide increase in measles cases prompted the bill.

Last year, 543 cases were reported in Germany; more than 400 have already been reported in the first several months of 2019.