The Guardian reported on 4 August 2021 about the government announcement that Covid-19 vaccinations for young people aged 16-17 has now been given the approval by The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). It was further confirmed that 16-17 year olds would not need their parents consent to get the Covid jab.
Whilst there is no approval for children between the ages of 12-15 to have the Covid-19 vaccination now, it is possible that this will be the next stage in the mass vaccination programme for the UK population. The issue of parental consent becomes more relevant as the vaccine is given to younger children.
As this issue is back in the news again, I attach my recent article "to vaccinate or not to vaccinate" where I explore the issues of parental consent and what happens if parents cannot agree.
Covid vaccines will be offered to all 16- and 17-year-olds without needing the consent of their parents, after government experts reversed their advice from just two weeks ago. Vaccinations for healthy 12- to 15-year-olds will not be recommended in this phase but advice could change in the coming months as more evidence is studied.