By: Lin Li and Zhao Ziyun, Sound of Hope Radio Network
29 September 2010
One hundred million Chinese children were required to get a mandatory measles vaccination before Sept. 20. Many parents worried about the authenticity of the vaccine. Their way out: pay a premium to buy a bogus vaccination certificate without their children actually being vaccinated.
Some Chinese elementary schools require incoming students to provide the child’s immunization record, among other official documents, according to Xinmin.net. Mr. Li from Sichuan Province told Sound Of Hope Radio that parents who do not want their children to be vaccinated would pay a high price to buy the vaccination certificate.
Mr. Li said: “The vaccination issue creates mental stress for the parents. Parents fear that something might go wrong following a child’s vaccination. If the child is not vaccinated, parents fear the child might not be admitted to school. I’ve heard that people simply would buy an immunization certificate without their kids being vaccinated. The general public’s level of trust [in the regime] is at its lowest point ever.”