Children 12 and older could be vaccinated without parental consent, under new bill

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A new bill would allow California children 12 and older to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and other diseases, without their parents’ consent or knowledge.

Senate Bill 866 was introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco. If passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, the bill would go into effect Jan. 1, 2023, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Sen. Scott Wiener outlined the proposals in his bill in a Twitter thread on Friday.

Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia allow children 11 and older to be vaccinated without parental approval. California law already gives minors 12 and older the ability to make reproductive healthcare decisions, including obtaining the human papillomavirus and hepatitis B vaccines.

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