At the request of Knesset Finance Committee chairman MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism), the committee has rejected linking the increase in the child allowance to vaccinations, until the end of 2010.
On Tuesday, the Finance Committee approved the linkage, which was included in the 2009-10 economic arrangements bill, by a majority vote.
Gafni said that postponing the linking of child allowances from vaccinations was necessary because many sectors demanded it, and that it was intended to seek an alternative incentive for parents to vaccinate their children, rather than by making children's allowance conditional on getting vaccinated.
Sources inform ''Globes'' that the Ministry of Finance has no way of implementing the condition, since there is no organized database of vaccinated children, so the measure was not enforceable. Construction of such a database would take at least 18 months, rendering the condition meaningless.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on July 9, 2009
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