A controversial bill put forth by the Council of the District of Columbia would allow for children as young as eleven years old to consent to vaccination without the involvement of their parents. If passed, the bill would also require insurance companies, healthcare providers, and schools to conceal from parents that the child has been vaccinated.
The Vaccine Reaction adds:
On Oct. 20, 2020, the entire DC Council voted in favor of the bill 12:15 on the first reading in yet another virtual online meeting with no public testimony. It was announced that the second reading, which will be the final vote, will take place on Nov. 10, 2020.
The bill had been introduced to the council last year, but was abandoned after the National Vaccine Information Center submitted testimony against the bill, claiming that it violated the most basic principles of parental rights and informed consent.
In a recent statement in the Washington Post, however, health committee chair Vincent C. Gray (D-Ward 7) credited the “hope of an imminent coronavirus vaccine” with the bill’s sudden revival.
Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), the bill’s primary sponsor, pointed to the eagerly anticipated coronavirus vaccine as her main motive for looking to remove vaccine-hesitant parents from the decision-making process.
“…Given our ongoing pandemic and the incredible work being done to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, it’s more important than ever I think that we reduce any and all barriers to these treatments and this legislation aims to do just that by increasing access to vaccines for minors who choose to get vaccinated but have not been able to do so,” Cheh said during the virtual meeting earlier this month.
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