California lawmakers amended a bill to allow preteens to get vaccinated against various health conditions without consent. Instead, they raised the minimum age to 15, which would still rank among the youngest countries in the U.S.
California law currently prohibits minors under the age of 12 from being vaccinated, with the exception of vaccines that prevent sexually transmitted diseases. California state law allows adults 12 years and older to consent the Hepatitis A and Human Papillomavirus(HPV) vaccines.
Last month’s bill passed the state Senate on a 21-8 vote. It would have allowed children 12 and older to get any vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It would have been the youngest age for consent in any state.
Republican Assemblyman Kevin Kiley stated in a tweet, that the bill was “nowhere close”To receive the required 41 votes to pass Assembly
Catie Stewart spoke for Democratic Senator Scott Wiener. She said that the bill’s authors were within reach of getting enough votes in Assembly. “it wasn’t a slam dunk.”
“We think that this will help make it easier,”She said. “And we think the majority of the people who will use, who will take advantage of this are going to be 15 to 18, so we thought it was a good compromise.”
This amendment does not alter the age at which consent is required for vaccines that are related to sexually transmitted disease.
Wiener’s bill is the latest in a series of coronavirus-related bills to face headwinds. Many other proposals were stalled after the winter pandemic wave receded, making Wiener’s measure the most controversial.
Gov. Gavin Newsom and Senator Richard Pan delayed measures relating to school vaccines until next year, while Assemblymember Buffy Wicks pulled her bill which would have made it mandatory for all California businesses that their employees receive coronavirus vaccinations.
Stewart acknowledged that there were concerns about the lower age among many Assembly members. “we want to work with people to get this across the finish line.”
Alabama allows children to give consent to vaccinations at the age of 14. Oregon permits this at 15, Rhode Island at 15, and South Carolina at 16. Children as young as 11 years old can consent to COVID-19 vaccinations in cities like Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., while San Francisco is for children 12 years and older.
Republican Assemblymember Heath Flora suggested raising the age limit to 15 “does not go far enough.”
“The state over the years has tried to give 17-year-olds the right to vote and 12-year-olds the right to make medical decisions,”He stated. “But we do not want to prosecute criminals as adults until they’re age 25 because their brains are not fully developed.”