Parents,legal guardians encouraged to assist young people to register for vaccination

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The Department of Health on Wednesday, 20 October 2021 will commence with registration and vaccination of young people aged 12- 17 years old with Pfizer vaccine in line with the recommendations from the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Vaccines. 

This follows an announcement made by Minister Health Dr Joe Phaahla last week, that all children 12-17 years and older will be eligible to receive one dose of Pfizer vaccine. The department said this will be beneficial as schools are preparing for end year examinations to conclude the academic year. 

“Due to preparations for final year examinations, there won`t be any special vaccination sites at schools for this age group now.”

Parents caregivers and legal guardians are encouraged to assist eligible young people to register and vaccinate at their public or private nearest vaccination site. 

The Children’s Act 38 of 2005 provides that children over the age of 12 years can consent to their own medical treatment or that of their children, provided they are of sufficient maturity and have the mental capacity to understand the benefits, risks, social and other implications of the treatment. 

“However, it is recommended that parents have open discussions with children about the benefits of COVID-19 vaccine to make an informed health choice, and possibly accompany them when they present themselves at vaccination sites.”  

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