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Over-12s should be able to get Covid vaccine in Australia without parental consent, say experts

Researchers call for guidelines for when children want to get vaccines against the wishes of their parents * Follow our Covid live blog for the latest updates * Vaccine rollout and rates tracker; Cases and data tracker * Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Children aged 12 or over should be allowed to receive a Covid vaccine without the consent of their parents, leading ethicists and paediatricians say, while also calling for clearer national guidelines on the issue. John Massie, a professor of paediatrics at the University of Melbourne and a child bioethicist, said in a podcast published by the Medical Journal of Australia and in an accompanying piece co-authored with other experts that if those aged 12 and up “have the capacity to understand the nature of the illness … and the procedure and the side effects and the risks, then they should be able to give consent”. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...

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