Vaccination Commission is waiting – Aargau rushes forward with teenage vaccinations

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In the canton of Aargau, 12 to 15-year-olds can register for the Covid-19 vaccination from next week. However, they only receive the spades if their parents have given their consent. This contradicts the recommendation of the BAG.

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In Switzerland, the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer / Biontech is now also approved for children from the age of twelve.

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The Federal Vaccination Commission has not yet adjusted its recommendation.  However, the BAG has already issued recommendations to the health directorates.

The Federal Vaccination Commission has not yet adjusted its recommendation. However, the BAG has already issued recommendations to the health directorates.

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According to this, children from the age of twelve should be able to decide independently of their parents whether they want to be vaccinated.  As long as they are capable of judgment.  Above that, however, are the medical staff who carry out the vaccination.

According to this, children from the age of twelve should be able to decide independently of their parents whether they want to be vaccinated. As long as they are capable of judgment. Above that, however, are the medical staff who carry out the vaccination.

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  • In the canton of Aargau, children from the age of twelve should be able to register for the corona vaccination from Monday.

  • However, the canton requires parental consent for the vaccination.

  • According to the BAG recommendation, children of judgment should be able to decide for or against a vaccination for themselves and against the will of their parents.

On Friday, the Swissmedic drug authority approved the Pfizer / Biontech vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds. In the canton of Aargau, this age group can register for the vaccination from next week, as the responsible health department announced on Friday evening. The canton rushes forward with it. The recommendation of the Federal Commission for Vaccination Issues (Ekif) is still pending and is not expected before mid-June.

The vaccination of 12 to 15-year-olds only takes place in the vaccination center of the Aarau Cantonal Hospital. When registering, the youngest age group is put on an equal footing with all others. However, the canton of Aargau requires parental consent for the vaccination. Minors must be able to show this or be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. This regulation contradicts the recommendation of the Federal Office of Public Health. That is the previous practice, said the Aargau Health Directorate on Saturday on request. The recommendations of the BAG and the Ekif will be examined.

In a letter to the cantonal health departments and medical staff, the FOPH states that older children can decide for themselves whether they want to be vaccinated or not. Regardless of their parents’ point of view. This was reported by the “Tages Anzeiger” (paid article) on Saturday. This also explicitly applies to the age group of 10 to 15 year olds. You could “agree to a vaccination regardless of the consent of your parents or legal guardians, as long as you are considered competent,” says the letter.

Parents have nothing to report

The decision on the ability to make judgments must be made by the vaccinating specialist. And this must grant the children’s wishes. According to the BAG, it is crucial that a child can assess the consequences of an intervention for his or her body. The staff is not accountable to their parents, they are bound by medical confidentiality. Doctors who act according to the wishes of the parents could even be fined. The “Tages Anzeiger” bases this assessment on a federal court ruling from 2008.

At that time it was about the treatment of a 13-year-old with an osteopath. He had continued the treatment against her will and based it solely on the mother’s consent.

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