A California bill that would let children age 12 and older get vaccinated without parental consent was passed Thursday by a major legislative committee.
Currently in California, children under the age of 18 cannot get most vaccines – including COVID-19 shots – without the permission of their parents or guardians.
Scott Wiener of California, would allow minors 12 years of age and older to consent to a vaccine on their own, if it has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and advisory on vaccination practices. Carries out the recommendations of the committee. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Teenagers should be able to protect their health with vaccines — whether against COVID, flu, measles or polio — even if their parents refuse or can’t get them to get the shot,” says California Sen. scott wiener tweeted Thursday cleared its first legislative hurdle since the measure.
The Associated Press reported that if the bill is signed into law, California would have one of the youngest groups of people who can be vaccinated without parental consent.
In 2020, Washington, DC passed a local measure to allow vaccines for children 11 and older.
Asked about criticism that the measure would limit parents’ monitoring of their children’s health, Weiner told the Associated Press in January that California already allows children 12 years of age and older with hepatitis B and HPV. Allows himself to agree to vaccines as well as sexual treatment. transmitted infection.
“This is not a new or radical idea, it is in line with existing law,” the state senator said earlier this year.
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