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APPENDIX (A).

I. REGISTRAR-GENERAL.

1. Circular to Registrars of Births and Deaths, relating

to 30 & 31 Vict. c. 84.

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GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE,

SOMERSET House,

November 1, 1867. Sir,

I am directed by the Registrar-General to transmit to you herewith a copy of the Act 30 & 31 Vict. c. 84,

to consolidate and amend the Laws relating to Vaccination,” which will come into operation on 1st January 1868.

You will observe that under this new law you are required, on registering a birth, to deliver to the parent, or to the person having the custody of the child, a Notice of Vaccination (A), with certain forms annexed, B, C, and D, and to keep a Register of Successful Vaccination, as at present. That a certificate of successful vaccination is to be sent to the

registrar of the district in which the birth was registered, but if such district be not known, or the birth has not been registered, to the registrar of the district in which the

operation was performed. That neglect in sending to you certificates of successful vacci

nation is punishable by a penalty of 20s. recoverable by

summary process. That the fees for services performed by you in reference to

vaccination have, to some extent, been increased.

The Sections which more immediately concern you, as Registrar

of Births and Deaths, and to which I am to request your particular attention, are the following :

Section 15 - Provides for the delivery, by the registrar, to the parent, etc., on registering a birth, of a Notice of Vaccination (schedule A), with the forms marked B, C, and D, annexed thereto.

Section 21 —Directs public vaccinators to send certificates of successful vaccination to the registrar.

Section 23 - Directs the parent, etc., to send a certificate of successful vaccination to the registrar when the operation has been performed by a medical practitioner who is not

public vaccinator.

Section 24 -Requires registrars to keep a Register of Successful Vacci. nations, and to allow searches to be made therein, and to furnislı copies of entries; and provides for the payment to the registrar of the undermentioned fees :

For search in Register of Successful Vaccination 6d.
For Copy of Entry therein

3d.

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For to the Parent;}id.

For every such certificate registered by him without; 1d.

etc., after registering the birth .
For every Certificate of Successful Vaccination regis-

tered by him of a child whose birth he has 3d.
registered

. having registered the birth

Section 25 -Requires registrars to make out every quarter an account of the fees due to them under this Act, and to submit the same to the guardians for payment.

SECTION 27 -Directs every registrar within one week after 1st January and 1st July in each year, to make a list of all cases in which certificates of successful vaccination have not been duly received by him during the last preceding half-year, and to submit the same to the next meeting of the guardians, to enable them to institute proceedings against the offending parties.

Section 30 - Imposes a penalty of 20s. on vaccinators and others who neglect to send to the registrar the certificates required by this Act.

Section 31 --Provides that any registrar may give information in writing to a justice of the peace, of any child, under fourteen years of age, who has not been successfully vaccinated, with the view to proceedings being taken in the matter. The following explanatory Remarks are intended for your

further information and guidance in carrying into effect the provisions of some of the sections above quoted.

1. The times and places for public vaccination which you will be required to insert on each Notice of Vaccination (schedule A), are the times and places appointed

Sect. 13.

for the “ Vaccination District" in which the child resides, Sect.15. and these places may or may not be within your subdistrict. If you are not already in possession of the requisite information respecting them, you should obtain such information before 1st January 1868, from the board of guardians. Any changes of arrangement made subsequently to that date by the Guardians are required to be publicly notified.

2. Your registration of successful vaccinations will be of the CHILDREN BORN IN YOUR SUB-DISTRICT Only, except in the particular cases in which the parent or person responsible for sending you the certificate does not know where the birth was registered; or when the birth has not been registered at all. It may sometimes happen, however, that through carelessness or inadvertence a certificate will be brought or sent to you which ought to have been delivered to some other registrar. Whenever this is the case, you should forward the certificate, or direct the parent or other person to forward it, to the registrar to whom it ought in the first instance to have been sent.

3. In presenting your quarterly accounts for payment, you will have to produce your Register of Successful Sect.25. Vaccinations with the certificates to show that the entries have been correctly made. And the Registrar-General will direct his inspectors from time to time to examine these books, to see that they are properly and correctly kept.

4. The lists which you will have to submit half-yearly to the board of guardians will have regard to children, the certificates of whose successful vaccination have not been duly received by you during the preceding half-year, and will be made from your “Register of Successful Vaccinations.” As three months from birth are allowed for and 23. the vaccination of a child, and three weeks more for the transmission of the certificate, the Registrar-General is of opinion that no child under four months should be included in the half-yearly list. Therefore, your first list, presentable in the first week of July 1868, should contain the names of those children only who were born in the preceding January and February, whose certificates of successful vaccination had not been forwarded to you; the list presented in January 1869, of the children born March to August 1868 inclusive, and so on. In districts which may hereafter come under clause 12, even a longer period from birth may elapse before the certificate becomes due: the essential point is to include in each list those names only respecting which the certificate ought, at the time of

Sect.27.

Sect. 21

making out the list, to have come into your possession. Any of these children whose deaths you may have registered before the period for sending in the lists would, of course, be omitted, the word “dead” being put against their names in the columns appointed for the entry of successful vaccinations in your Vaccination Register.

5. By section 33 you are empowered to take summary Sect. 33. proceedings against public vaccinators, parents or others,

who neglect to transmit to you the certificates which the Act requires; but, as this neglect will often arise from a mere inadvertence, you will probably as a general rule deem it right, before instituting proceedings, to intimate, verbally or otherwise, to the defaulter the neglect that has taken place, and to proceed in those cases only in which the intimation is disregarded.

Ample directions having been given to you in the Instructional Letter from this office of September 29, 1853, (which has been reprinted in the Official List,) as to the mode in which entries are to be made in the Register of Successful Vaccinations, it is not now considered necessary to repeat them; when the book now in use is filled, another, with such trifling alterations as the recent Act may require, will be sent to you on receipt of your application for the same.

The Registrar-General has directed me to take this opportunity to impress upon you the necessity of your never failing, after registering a birth, to deliver to the parent, etc., the Vaccination Notice, with the forms B, C, and D, annexed (taking care to insert your name and address in the ice (schedule A) and on the endorsement or postal direction of the Certificate of Successful Vaccination, form D); and to remind you, that on ascertaining that the parent or other person is unable to read, it will be incumbent upon you, before delivering the notice, to make such parent, etc., verbally acquainted with the requirements of the Vaccination Law, and the penalty which is attached to their non-fulfilment.

You will receive herewith a supply of the new forms of Vaccination Notices; and I am to request that you will return to this office all the old forms (16 & 17 Vict. c. 100), you may have in your possession on 1st January 1868, when the new Vaccination Law comes into operation. I am, Sir, your obedient servant,

E. EDWARDS,

Secretary. The Registrar of Births and Deaths.

For Districts out of London.-D.P.F.]

THE VACCINATION ACT OF 1867.

(30 & 31 Victoria, cap. 84).

SCHEDULE (A).

NOTICE OF THE REQUIREMENT OF VACCINATION.

[To be given by the Registrar at the time of registering the Birth, or

within seven days after, pursuant to section 15].

If the Notice be given to the Father, strike out the word To the Father “ Mother” and the following line; if to

Mother. the Mother strike out “Father," and also Person having the said line; if it be

the Custody given to any other

of the Child person, strike out

herein named only the words “Father” and “Mother."

Copy hereunder the No. of the Entry of the Child's Birth from the Register Book.

Entry
No.

I, the undersigned, hereby give you Notice to have the Insert Name. Child named

whose Birth is now Registered, Vaccinated within Three Months from the date of its Birth, pursuant to the provisions and directions of the Vaccination Act; and that in default of your doing so, you will be liable to the PENALTIES THEREBY IMPOSED FOR NEGLECT OF THOSE PROVISIONS.

You are required to produce to the Public Vaccinator or Medical Practitioner who may be applied to, the Forms herewith supplied, for him to fill up and sign; AND IF THE OPERATION BE SUCCESSFULLY PERFORMED BY A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER WHO IS NOT THE PUBLIC VACCINATOR, YOU MUST TRANSMIT TO ME, BY POST OR OTHERWISE, WITHIN TWENTY-ONE DAYS AFTER THE PERFORMANCE OF THE OPERATION, THE CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY HIM, OR YOU WILL BE LIABLE TO A PENALTY OF TWENTY SHILLINGS, TO BE RECOVERED ON A SUMMARY CONVICTION.

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