A lobby group and the African Christian Democratic Party are jointly preparing an urgent court application to interdict the vaccination of children between the ages of 12 and 17 that began last week, reports Die Burger.
Free the Children and the ACDP joined hands to demand a cessation of the vaccination programme with immediate effect. “If the department does not confirm the cessation by Thursday (last week), the organisations will approach the High Court on an urgent basis for an interim interdict against COVID-19 vaccines.”
The interim interdict would be pending an appeal launched by the same parties against a decision of the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) to approve vaccines for children. John Taylor, director of Free the Children, says they expect SAHPRA to prove that all regulations and processes were followed to give emergency authorisation for the COVID-19 vaccine to children. He alleges that there is no reason or evidence to support vaccinations for children. Several medical experts dispute this.
Meanwhile, University of Cape Town child law experts say the Children’s Act allows children aged 12 and older to make their own medical decisions as long as they have the intellectual ability and maturity to make an informed decision.
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