The High Court has ruled that local authorities can usually arrange for children in their care to have Covid-19 and flu vaccines even when parents object.
At a family court hearing last week, Mr Justice Poole ruled that authorities could generally agree the vaccination of children for whom they have a care order without court approval, despite parents’ objections, so long as:
- The vaccines in question were being administered to children of the relevant age as part of a national programme approved by the UK Health Security Agency,
- The child was either not of sufficient maturity to consent (Gillick competent) or was Gillick competent and did consent, and
- The local authority was satisfied that it was necessary to do so to safeguard or protect the child’s welfare.
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