Dutch Boy Wins Right To Covid Jab Despite Dad's Refusal
A Dutch court has ruled that a 12-year-old boy had the right to get a Covid jab to visit his dying grandmother despite his vaccine-sceptic father's objections
The Hague, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Sep, 2021 ) :A Dutch court has ruled that a 12-year-old boy had the right to get a Covid jab to visit his dying grandmother despite his vaccine-sceptic father's objections.
He ordered that the boy be given the shot "shortly" because his interests were more important than any possible appeal by the father's lawyers.
The judge made the ruling on Tuesday but it was not released until Thursday.
"The boy wanted to be vaccinated because he did not want to get infected and wanted to limit the chance of infecting others," court papers said.
"On top of this, his grandmother is suffering from metastatic lung cancer and is in the final stages of her life." "The minor wants to spend as much time as possible with her, but he is not vaccinated. He is afraid that he may infect his granny and is convinced that if he did it would be life-threatening," the papers said.
The boy "found it difficult to talk to his father and felt his pleas were not being heard." His father argued that vaccines "were still in a test phase" and said it was possible there would be "great risks for the reproductive organs in the long term".
But the judge said there appeared to be no scientific basis for such concerns.
Dutch law says judges can make decisions in the best interests of children if their parents cannot agree.
Protests are expected this weekend when the government introduces a Covid pass to enter restaurants and bars.