Dec 9, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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POLL | Will you force your child to get the vaccine if they are not keen?

Children between the ages of 12 and 17 can now get the Covid-19 vaccine, and this divides opinions on the internet.

The move was made last week by Minister of Health Joe Phaahla. announced, after consulting health experts and bodies and on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee of the Vaccines Minister, supported by Health MECs and the Cabinet.

You receive < span> a dose of Pfizer vaccine because it’s safest while experts are studying reports of chest pain and transient heart infections in mostly men in this age group who received the second vaccination.

National Department of Health Director General Nicholas Crisp said children who want to be vaccinated do not need to seek parental consent as the Children’s Law requires 12-17 year olds to give their own consent for any medical treatment .

However, divorce attorney Shando Theron from Johannesburg said this is incorrect.

“There is no law that says that. In fact, there are laws that say pretty much the opposite. For the purposes of Section 17 of the Children Act, a child under the age of 18 cannot consent. There are certain exceptions, but they are written into law.

“There is no law that says Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer vaccine does not require your consent Parents’. The Supreme Court is the chief guardian of all children, not the Minister of Health. ”

Responses to the announcement flooded social media, with many saying they wanted their child to get the vaccine but the child hesitates while others said they did not want their children to have the vaccination when they wanted to.

TimesLIVE talked to children about the vaccination. Many said they were hesitant and wanted to find out more before they got the vaccine.

“I would like to know how effective the vaccines are. Do people have to get boosters every year if it doesn’t work over the long term? I wouldn’t get the vaccine because different people have different reactions, “said 13-year-old Adam *.

Penelope * described the Pfizer vaccine approval as” intense, “but said she understood it Getting the benefits of the vaccination.

“You said on the news that the vaccine is not going to save you. It’s not a cure, but it will help you fight Covid-19. It won’t stop you from getting it. You will still get it, but you will have mild symptoms, “she said.

* Not their real names