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Charity says it will go to court to ensure proper consent is obtained from parents

The Consent Charity has said it will take legal action to stop children getting vaccinated for Covid-19 without fully informed consent from their parents.

It is understood the government will announce mass-vaccinations of 12-15-year-olds this week.

Oliver Müller, trustee for the charity, says: “We are very concerned that children will be able to consent to a medical treatment which even experts are divided over and which may not be in the child’s best interest. Even parents may not have enough information to make a fully informed and therefore legally valid consent decision. We are prepared to go to court and have retained leading counsel and solicitors at Truth Legal.”

Last week the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) considered the potential harms and benefits of vaccinating healthy children aged 12 to 15 and advised against a rollout. The committee’s experts found the benefits to be too marginal and the uncertainties over potential harms considerable.

The potential for vaccine injury was acknowledged by MPs in parliament on Friday, when Sir Christopher Chope worried about 1,632 reports of deaths having taken place shortly after vaccination.

Oliver Müller says: “It is now well recognised within the scientific and medical communities that Covid-19 disease in children is typically mild or asymptomatic and the incidence of severe outcomes very low. Despite this, there have been concerning reports in the media of the government’s intention to defy the advice from the JCVI and push ahead with the vaccination programme.

Legally valid consent is a key consideration of any medical treatment and it requires a decision free of undue pressure, with adequate information, and the maturity to weigh up the risks and benefits.

The long-term impact and the risks of these vaccinations are yet to be effectively studied and assessed. Safeguarding children is our main concern and our mission is to ensure that the principles of obtaining informed consent are appropriately upheld.“

Andrew Gray, founder and solicitor at Truth Legal Solicitors, who are representing Consent, said: “We are representing Consent in their quest of investigating what protocol the government is intending to follow to guarantee the safety of our children and ensure that parental consent is a key element of consideration. We have written to the Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England to demand their policy on the vaccination of children. We still await their reply.”