Democratic Washington legislators are launching a bill that will allow minor children to be vaccinated without parental consent, even if they are not aware of it. The Minor Consent to Vaccine Amendment Act, B23-017, passed in D.C. last month and could go into effect now when Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser authorizes it.

As detailed in the new law, a child 11 years of age or older would now be allowed to “consent to a vaccine when the vaccine is recommended by the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices,” regardless of parental knowledge and/or authorization.

What makes the bill aberrant is that it not only allows children at this age to consent to doctors and other vaccine administrators without their parents’ knowledge or consent, but also requires school administrators, insurance companies, and medical personnel involved to withhold a child’s vaccination from the parents if the child wishes to do so.

In the event that vaccination costs are covered by a private health care system, the legislation requires that “providers who administer immunizations under the authority of this subsection shall seek reimbursement, without parental consent, directly from the insurer” rather than involving parents in this process with signatures and consents as is customary. 

“Insurers will not send a Statement of Services (EOB) (to the child’s parents) for services rendered,” the bill says.

Finally, the legislation requires that whatever the child’s health care provider is, leave part of the immunization record “blank” to hide from parents that their own child has been immunized.

First, the DC legislation involves a serious case of violation of the fundamental and natural rights of parents. Second, and no less important, critics claim that it can lead to situations where children are doubly vaccinated. 

For example, there may be a case of “confidential” vaccination at school, which the parent then takes back to have their child vaccinated because they have no record of the vaccine given.

In a revealing statement, Vincent C. Gray, the chairman of the DC Health Committee that passed the bill, explained why the bill was being revived and passed so quickly. Gray was quoted in The Washington Post as saying, “The hope of an imminent coronavirus [CCP Virus] vaccine gave the bill a new urgency. 

Clearly, if the legislation is implemented, it is clear that minor children will be at risk of being pressured and coerced into receiving a CCPV vaccine, even behind their parents’ backs, once it becomes available and added by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to the U.S. recommended childhood vaccination schedule.

However, not everything in the United States is so rotten. In more conservative states where some freedoms are still respected, such as Arizona, governed by Republican Douglas Ducey, a bill was passed earlier this year that strengthens the rights of parents to choose whether or not to vaccinate their children.

Among other issues, the bill HB2050, introduced by John Fillmore in the state House of Representatives, gives parents the exclusive right to decide whether, where, when, and with whom to have their children vaccinated.

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