Minors cannot consent to get the COVID-19 vaccine. In San Fran County a minor can consent only if the medical person makes actual effort to reach the parent or guardian to give them a chance to object.
Maribel Duarte accused the Barack Obama Global Prep Academy in Los Angeles, CA, of bribing her 13-year-old son with pizza so they could give him the COVID-19 vaccine:
“The lady that gave him the shot and signed the paper told my son, ‘Please don’t say anything. I don’t want to get in trouble.'”
The LAUSD says student matters are confidential and wouldn’t comment specifically, but did say its “safe schools to safe steps incentive program” is meant to ensure several steps are in place for vaccinated students to receive prizes. Duarte says she’s not against the vaccine. She’s vaccinated herself, but it’s different with her son.
“He has problems with asthma and allergy problems,” she said.
Attorney Jennifer Kennedy said minors in California cannot consent to get a vaccine:
“The LAUSD [Los Angeles United School Distrit] does not have the power to add a vaccine to the California school schedule,” she said. “You couldn’t do it if you were a podunk school district and you can’t do it if you’re LAUSD, the second largest district in the nation. You don’t have that legal authority.”
In California, school vaccines are handled through the state Department of Public Health and created into law through the state legislature.
(a) A minor who is 12 years of age or older and who may have come into contact with an infectious, contagious, or communicable disease may consent to medical care related to the diagnosis or treatment of the disease, if the disease or condition is one that is required by law or regulation adopted pursuant to law to be reported to the local health officer, or is a related sexually transmitted disease, as may be determined by the State Public Health Officer.
(b) A minor who is 12 years of age or older may consent to medical care related to the prevention of a sexually transmitted disease.
(c) The minor’s parents or guardian are not liable for payment for medical care provided pursuant to this section.
In other words, children 12 years old and older can receive the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Hepatitis B vaccines without parental consent.
The children must have parental consent for all other vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine.
San Francisco County allows a minor 12 and older to get the COVID vaccine “as long as the healthcare provider administering the dose reasonably attempts to notify their guardian and allow them the opportunity to object.”DONATE
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