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Health Department Explains Consent Decision For Covid-19 Vaccination

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Today a new group of South Africans are eligible to receive their Covid-19 vaccines. Minors between the ages of 12 and 17 can now get registered and receive the Covid-19 vaccines.

Since the Health Department's announcement on Friday, there has been a lot of push back against the fact that children do not need their parents consent to register to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

Dr Nicholas Crisp The Department of Health’s Acting Director-General says that there are many children-headed households that need to be catered for in the vaccination registration process. He explains that the Children's Act of 2005 allows children to make decisions around their healthcare without their parents consent.

He said, “Our children's act from 2005 has already since then allowed children to take decisions on their own healthcare and there are children every day coming for family planning even terminations of pregnancies and other surgical procedures, every single day and signing their consent and it's been like that since 2005”.

Crisp does however say the health department along with health practitioners would prefer to have parents and guardians assisting children when making decisions around healthcare.

Children will only be allowed to receive one jab of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. This, as the other Covid-19 vaccine being used in South Africa, Johnson and Johnson, is not registered for use in children.

Crisp explains that the ministerial committee on Covid-19 vaccinations is studying data from around the world regarding administering two doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

Everybody needs to be registered in order to get vaccinated. The registration process can be completed before going to the vaccination site or can be done at home via the Electronic Vaccine Data System (EVDS).

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