There are a few exceptions to the rule that vaccination providers must obtain parental or guardian agreement before administering CPP Virus (COVID-19) vaccine injections to children aged 12 to 15. The city of San Francisco has approved an order allowing adolescents aged 12 to 15 to obtain the CCP Virus vaccine without parental consent.
The order also gives medical providers in the city the legal right to rely on that consent.
Acting Health Officer Susan Philip gave further explanation on the order.
“This Order does two things. First, it allows minors in the City and County of San Francisco who are 12 years old or older to consent to receive any vaccine against COVID-19 that has been authorized by the FDA (whether authorized on an emergency use basis or fully approved) for receipt by someone who is the age of that minor,” she asserted in the announcement.
The order also “allows but does not require providers who are authorized by the State of California to administer an FDA-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine to administer such a vaccine to any minor in the City who is 12 years old or older and who provides consent,” she continued.
As not all parents of children in that age group want their children to get the CCP Virus vaccine, “the intent of this Order is to allow minors 12 years of age and older who desire to receive, and are otherwise eligible to receive, a COVID-19 vaccine to consent to a COVID-19 vaccine, even if they lack the consent of a person who is legally authorized” to provide permission on behalf of a minor.
Medical providers must make reasonable steps to contact the child’s legal guardian or parent, according to the order.
Vaccine providers only have to ask “in person, in writing, or by telephone” to “reasonably attempt” to acquire consent.
Previously, Alabama, Iowa, North Carolina, Oregon, and Tennessee either allowed some of those ages to agree for themselves or left regulations up to individual vaccine providers.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded the emergency use authorization as an act of fighting against the CCP Virus pandemic by allowing adolescents 12 through 15 years of age to receive Pfizer-BioNTech CCP Virus Vaccine for prevention.
The announcement came amid the rise in the number of CCP Virus cases in young people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been approximately 1.5 million CCP Virus cases in individuals 11 to 17 years of age during the period from March 1, 2020, through April 30, 2021.