COVID-19 Vaccinations for children are a hot topic which family lawyers and Judges are currently navigating.
Separated parents are often in debate regarding if and when their children should be vaccinated against COVID-19. These parents often have nowhere to turn except to seek advice from a family lawyer or to make an Application to the Federal and Family Court of Australia.
Doctors and medical practitioners will not administer vaccination for children where both parents are not in agreement. In these instances, and where the parents cannot come to a decision between themselves, then a Judge may ultimately decide.
We are seeing Applications made to the Court by parents who want their children to be vaccinated, and we are seeing Applications made to the Court by parents who are against having their children vaccinated.
At the end of the day, there is a common theme to the outcomes of these Applications, which is simply this;
The Court will Order the child or children to be vaccinated unless there is medical evidence supporting that the child will be at risk if they are to receive the vaccine.
It is certainly an issue on every parent’s mind as to how best to protect their child or children. Whilst the outcome appears fairly straight forward at the moment, it could very well be a constantly changing feat as family lawyers and Judges continue to navigate the changing rules and health directions.
We at RNG Lawyers are watching this space closely.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss vaccination for your children, please contact our Family law team.
Written by RNG Lawyers Accredited Family Law Specialist & Associate, Amanda Di Placido.