Child Vaccinations and Child Allowances - Economic Efficiency Law

Economic Rights
A separate section of The Economic Efficiency Law (Legislative Amendments for Implementing the Economic Plan for 2009-2010) stipulates that children who do not receive the vaccinations recommended by the Ministry of Health will no longer be provided with “child allowances”. This provision mainly affects Arab Bedouin children living in the Naqab (Negev), since most of the children who do not receive the vaccinations come from this group due to the inaccessibility of health care.

The Ministry of Health recently closed down “mother and child” clinics in three Arab Bedouin towns which provide these vaccinations, and reopened just two of them after Supreme Court litigation by Adalah. Adalah submitted a petition to the Israeli Supreme Court on 7 October 2010, demanding the annulment of the amendment, which came into effect on 15 December 2010.

Full Text