KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail stated on Thursday that the government will never impose compulsory childhood vaccination , including that parents should be free to make their own choices over the issue .
Dr Wan Azizah’s notes come one week after she declared that the government was considering allowing just children who had been immunised to enrol for school .
On Thursday, however, she told reporters: “We encourage parents to have their children vaccinated, but right now we cannot force them as it is their choice.
“But we would like for parents to protect their children by vaccinating them before they catch the disease,” she added, according to a report by the New Straits Times.
The issue of childhood vaccination has been in the spotlight since a two-year-old boy died in Johor Bahru last month. The boy, who was believed to have had diphtheria, had never been immunised.