The below article is an interesting read about consent for COVID vaccinations for 12-15 year olds.
On 19 August 2021 Cabinet agreed that the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is available for children aged between 12-15 years old.
Whilst in some households this maybe a straightforward decision, this may not be the case in all households or those whom have a shared parenting regime. There has been publicity of late about the effect of Covid 19 on children and it seems that to date research is limited on the effects of the vaccine. We have little in the way of case studies on this significant issue. This may very well mean that people are undecided, come to their own positions and ultimately may not agree as to whether their child /children aged between 12-15 should be vaccinated.
The decision as to whether your child will be vaccinated is a guardianship issue. Guardianship issues are essentially the bigger decisions in your child/children’s life – think education, religion, and medical decisions. When guardianship decisions need to be made - they are to be made jointly – not by one parent/guardian. This means that both guardians need to agree if your child aged between 12-15 years old is to be vaccinated.
There are available options if you want this issue to be addressed.
If in doubt and you want to discuss this issue please feel free to reach out with a practitioner in our relationships team.
Although Vaccination is a guardianship issue – the children/child’s view (12-15 year old) will be taken into consideration. A child can consent to vaccination or refuse – attached below is a link to an interesting article that looks at the views of children in addressing this issue. This is an article by Law Professor Claire Breen – looking at what rights children and parents hold in the Covid-19 Vaccination Process.
Again if you need to discuss please feel free to contact me.