Fact Check: Draft Law On First Aid Courses NOT A Legislative Trick To Vaccinate Children In Romanian Schools

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Fact Check: Draft Law On First Aid Courses NOT A Legislative Trick To Vaccinate Children In Romanian Schools No Connection

Is a draft law aiming to introduce mandatory first aid courses for Romanian students a "legislative trick" to enforce vaccinations on children in schools? No, that's not true: The proposed draft would amend a section on preventive medical assistance of an already existing law and does not mention or open the way to any forced vaccination of school children.

The claim appeared in several videos such as this one (archived here), published on TikTok by user @gabrielaiordachita on October 4, 2023, with the following graphic overlay:

Legislative trick for vaccinating children in schools?

(All texts are translated from Romanian into English by Lead Stories staff).

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

TikTok screenshot

(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Fri Oct 6 08:38:21 2023 UTC)

The clip shows far-right senator Diana Șoșoacă speaking during the October 3, 2023, Senate plenary vote, on a draft law (L411/2023) amending one article of Law 95/2006 regarding health reform. In its original form, Article 34 from Law 95/2006 states:

Preventive medical assistance for groups of preschool, school and student children is ensured through the medical offices organized, according to the law, in preschool, school or university education units, public or private, or through the individual offices of family doctors.

The amendment proposed would add a new paragraph to this article, stating that preventive medical assistance for students must include modular first aid courses.

All students should learn and practice giving first aid, claim the law draft's initiators in their statement of reasons, as tens of thousands of Romanians die each year for not receiving first aid. First aid education is formally included only as a sub-chapter in the health education curriculum and is an optional subject, and only for 5th and 6th graders.

Șoșoacă claims that, since the chapter containing Article 34 in the original Law - titled "medical assistance" - mentions vaccination, a new paragraph proposing the mandatory introduction of first aid courses, would pave the way for introducing mandatory vaccination in schools.

This assumption is not substantiated by facts. The chapter on medical assistance that includes Article 34 doesn't mention vaccination in schools or vaccination at all. The full text of the law does mention vaccination, but only in specific logistical, state-managed contexts, not in schools.

Șoșoacă also states that other recent legal documents use the subject of preventive medical assistance to regulate vaccination in schools. Such documents are not named, but, based on previous TikTok clips with similar claims from the senator, she could be referring to an act called "Methodology regarding the provision of medical assistance to students," approved by the Ministry of Health on August 1, 2023. This act regulates the role of schools and local public authorities in providing preventive and curative medical assistance to students. However, the act only mentions procedures related to non-mandatory vaccination and in "special epidemiological situations," not within the context of preventive medical assistance.

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