It Begins: US City Approves Law That Allows Children To Be Vaccinated Without Parental Consent & Prevents Them From Finding Out
The DC Council has approved that will allow children as young as 11 years old to get “recommended” vaccines without their parent’s approval.
Ward 3 council member Mary Cheh introduced the Minor Consent for Vaccinations Amendment Act of 2019 it was because of a measles outbreak that moved across the country.
“I think it should be worrisome to people when children are not vaccinated for these diseases,” Cheh said.
The bill approved on November 17th would allow children as young as 11 years old to get a vaccination without parental consent if a doctor recommends it. The doctor would determine if the child meets the standard of “informed consent” before giving the vaccine.
The bill not only allows doctors the ability to give the vaccine without parental consent it also prevents parents from knowing.
“The gateway again is the physician who has to make this judgment that ‘is that person, 11,12, 15, 18 capable of giving informed consent and is it consistent with the physician’s medical judgment?’ ” Cheh said.
Parents are not happy, Asha Pinkney Gillus has two school-aged children.
“I am 100% against that [the bill],” Gillus said. “I think it violates my fundamental right as a parent to manage the upbringing and the health and welfare of my child.”
“If my child goes and gets a vaccination and has an adverse reaction to that vaccination, I won’t know what’s going on because I’ve never been told my child has been inoculated,” Gillus said.
The measure was approved as America is on the horizon of coronavirus vaccines becoming available to the public. It’s bills like this that have many parents concerned. Are schools going to require students to get the vaccine before resuming in-person instruction? Will airlines require passengers to be vaccinated before flying? Could companies require employees to be vaccinated before returning to work?
There are a lot of questions right now with few answers.