Kids Can Soon Get The Vaccine, But What If Their Parents Say No?

Children aged 12 to 15 will soon be able to access the coronavirus vaccine across the UK, with consent forms being sent to parents via schools.

It is hoped the first jabs in England would take place by 22 September, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said, while Nicola Sturgeon has said they will be rolled out “as soon as possible”.

But what happens if a child wants to have a vaccine, but their parent or guardian does not agree to it?

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi has confirmed children will be able to have the jab against their parents’ wishes, but this will only be allowed following a meeting with a clinician.

“On the very rare occasion where there is a difference of opinion between the parent and the 12- to 15-year-old, where the parent for example doesn’t want to give consent but the 12- to 15-year-old wants to have the vaccine, then the first step is the clinician will bring the parent and the child together to see whether they can reach consent,” he told Sky News.

“If that is not possible, then, if the child is deemed to be competent – and this has been around since the ’80s for all vaccination programmes in schools – if the child is deemed to be competent, Gillick competence as it is referred to, then the child can have the vaccine.”

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