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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

California teens may soon get a COVID-19 vaccine without parental permission

Young people in California may soon have more autonomy to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and other immunizations without parental consent, a move states. Sen. Scott Wiener says minors will have a voice in their own healthcare and help their families overcome vaccine hesitation.

On Friday, Weiner introduced Senate Bill 866, the Teens’ Choice Vaccine Act, to give minors ages 12-17 the ability to receive shots even if their parents don’t agree, and ultimately prevent COVID-19 in the state. To reduce the transmission of 19. ,

San Jose student Arin Parsa, 14, who gathered with the senator and other teens on the steps of Everett Middle School in San Francisco in support of the bill, said it’s not only a public health issue when children are not vaccinated. issue, but rather a mental health issue. Parsa is the founder of the advocacy group Teens for Vaccines.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging our communities, the crisis of ‘anti-vax’ parents is only going to get worse,” he said. “Kids are potentially missing out on school, friends and family. COVID is taking away their happiness and future. We can’t sit on the edge.”

Although the debate over the COVID-19 vaccine is taking center stage, the bill would also allow teens 12-17 to receive all vaccinations – including measles – without permission.

The bill is likely to be opposed by parental rights advocates and anti-vaccine groups in California. Wiener is anticipating the backlash.

“We want parents to be involved in the health and care of their children, but the reality is in this limited situation where the vaccines prescribed by the FDA are safe and effective and the vaccines recommended by the CDC,” Weiner said. Should have been an option.”

Weiner said he has heard many stories of 13-year-olds persuading their parents to vaccinate, but added that “they don’t have to persuade them,” adding that California already allows teens. Allows children to make other health decisions on their own, and other states allow children to get vaccinated without permission or persuasion.

California teens may already have access to the HPV vaccine, reproductive health, abortion, birth control, and other health services without the consent of a parent or guardian. Alabama, South Carolina, Washington, DC, Oregon and Rhode Island already allow minors to access vaccines without parental consent.

Wiener said it was time for California to follow those other states. He joined a group of teens from local health officials and pro-teen student-led advocacy groups Teens for Vaccines, GenUp and Max the Vax.

The teens emphasized how the autonomy of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine would help them protect themselves and their communities from the virus.

Parents preventing children from getting vaccinated, even if they are anti-vaccine, do not have the time and resources to vaccinate their children, or have any other personal belief exemption, force children to stay at home going and they are not able to participate. Extra-curricular activities such as school sports, concerts or in other clubs. He said that without the protection of vaccines, teens are at higher risk of contracting the virus or infecting others.

Parsa said many teenagers have parents who have two jobs and cannot easily afford vaccines for their children, and added that shots should be made available on campus and at after-school centres. Some schools in the Bay Area are offering the vaccine at various centers and schools, but teens still need authorization from a parent or guardian to receive one.

With the exception of Oakland and West Contra Costa school districts, which require all students to be vaccinated for COVID by next month, most schools in California have not taken this step. Governor Gavin Newsom has said the state will require school children to get the vaccine once it is fully approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. But parents can still circumvent that mandate by claiming a personal trust waiver.

San Francisco has some of the highest vaccination rates for youth in the state and in the entire country. San Francisco health director, Dr. Grant Colfax, said in a news release Friday, more than 90 percent have been fully vaccinated.

Colfax hopes to raise that number with Wiener’s bill, which is co-authored by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks.

Vicks wrote in a news release, “At this critical moment in our collective efforts to curb COVID, it is unacceptable to exclude this life-saving vaccine from the decisions that California teens are already making about their bodies, their health, and their lives.” Empowered to make about your future.” ,

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