Should Minors Be Allowed to Receive Vaccines Without Parental Consent?
A bill allowing minors aged ≥11 years to be vaccinated without their parents’ knowledge will soon go into effect in Washington, DC. The legislation prohibits insurers from sending an Explanation of Benefits to parents and requires physicians to send the immunization record directly to the minor's school if their parent is utilizing a religious exemption or is opting out of receiving the Human Papillomavirus vaccine. The bill was introduced in response to the measles outbreaks that occurred in March 2019, and is supported by the DC chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. However, there is a great deal of pushback from parents who feel that minors do not have the capacity to give informed consent.
Washington, DC has passed a bill allowing minors to consent to vaccination. The bill could boost vaccination, but there is concern that minors cannot give informed consent. Are you for or against allowing minors to be vaccinated without parental consent?
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