MOSCOW, April 12. / TASS /. The electronic vaccination passport will help improve the control over the vaccination of children, including the diagnosis of tuberculosis. This opinion was expressed on Friday by TASS by Valentina Aksenova, the chief freelance children's phthisiologist of the Ministry of Health of Russia, supporting the corresponding idea of State Duma deputy Leonid Ogul.
During a roundtable in the State Duma on the topic of refusal to vaccinate, on April 11, Ogul, the deputy chairman of the health protection committee of the lower house of parliament, proposed introducing compulsory vaccination passports for children, which would record not only the vaccinations given to the child, but also the reasons for refusing them.
“Of course, a passport is needed, because the child comes, and the health worker sees for himself what vaccinations are available, which are not.
Great initiative, and better electronic [vaccination passports], otherwise it happens that parents bring false certificates, "she said.
Aksenova explained that, for example, if the child's parents chose an alternative method of diagnosing tuberculosis to the Mantoux test - diaskintest, blood test, T-SPOT test or quantiferon test - and received a certificate from the doctor that the child is healthy, then the restrictions on admitting the child to school there is no institution.
“They [alternative methods for diagnosing tuberculosis] are in Russia and can be widely used, there are all permits.
When such a test is done, they just go to the doctor and take a certificate, and this will be enough to write that the child is healthy, "she clarified.
In addition to vaccination passports, Ogul also called for the creation of an online portal on vaccination with the views of reputable scientists and doctors during a roundtable, explaining this by the need to solve the problem of refusal from vaccinations through educational measures, and not "force, fines and threats." According to the statistics voiced by the deputy, from 5% to 10% of parents in Russia do not vaccinate their children every year.