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Covid vaccinations for children

14 June 2021

Sharon McKie

Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine

The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for children over the age of 12 in the UK. This age group is already being vaccinated in the US. But what if parents with parental responsibility don’t agree on whether their child should be vaccinated? This could be an issue for parents who are separated or even still in a relationship.

Where this matter cannot be agreed between parents, it is likely that one parent would have to make an application for a specific issue order under the Children Act 1989. This application would have to be issued through the Family courts and a Judge would make a determination.

Recent case law in this area would suggest that a court is more likely to decide that the vaccination should be given, where there is a dispute. However, every case would have to be considered individually in the best interests of the child. There may be a credible medical reason why a court could find that a child should not be vaccinated.

Please speak to a member of our Family team if you are experiencing any issues in respect of children matters by contacting us on 01302 341414