Controversial youth vaccination measure goes to first committee

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Sacramento, Calif. — California lawmakers are debating a bill that would allow children as young as 12 to receive vaccines, including for COVID, without a guardian’s consent.

It is one of the most controversial bills still being debated in the state Capitol this session. Republican Congressman Frank Bigelow, who represents the Mother Lode area, told Clarke Broadcasting he opposes it. Noting: “I just have a real personal issue with this (Bill). I think minors under 12 should be supervised by an adult and their parents should help make those decisions for their family.

Currently, minors under the age of 18 need permission to receive most vaccines in the state. Exceptions are for hepatitis B, HPV and sexually transmitted infections.

The bill’s author is Bay Area Democratic Senator Scott Wiener, who says, “Teenagers should be able to protect their own health with vaccines – whether it’s COVID, flu, measles or polio – even if their parents refuse or cannot take them. to get the shot.

If approved, California would become the only state allowing the age group 12 and older to receive any vaccine without parental consent.

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