Spokesman for the Health Ministry Valentin Popescu said Thursday that a vaccination law is underling approval, and it will be put up for public discussion in the immediate future, without knowing whether or not vaccination becomes mandatory.
“There will be an obligation for steady provision of vaccines,” said Popescu.
He added that all the procedures for declaring a breakout takes a lot of time, and that is why the Health Ministry only on Wednesday informed about the latest measles outbreaks in Romania.
“Tests are being conducted first of all to detect the outbreaks; doctors report them, more testing is done and epidemiologic inquiries are conducted and lab testing to find the real cause of an illness. All these procedures take time to complete, and the Health Ministry wanted to be absolutely sure it had all the correct information when reporting such a very serious case,” said Popescu.
He added that there are no problems with the distribution of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. “There is enough vaccine to go around for all the children between one year and seven year of age. There are 380,000 available doses for them. Parents have to go to family physicians, who will administer the vaccine,” said Popescu.
A contract for the hexavalent vaccine has been signed, and it will be distributed to the healthcare directorates and family physicians in the period immediately ahead, said Popescu.