In two separate rulings in cases where parents were split on inoculating their kids, judges say teenagers who want to get the shot have the right to do so.
Israeli courts have ruled that minor children cannot be stopped from getting vaccinated against COVID-19 even if one of their parents objects. Israel approved vaccinations for children as young as 12 last month, and weeks later launched a campaign to distribute doses to as many adolescents as possible, in response to an upsurge in COVID-19 cases.
Two recent cases in which one parent supported their offspring getting the shot and the other opposed have reached courts in recent weeks, yielding similar rulings. Last week, the Haifa Family Court accepted a request by two 15-year-old brothers to get the shot, according to Hebrew-language media reports. The request was supported by their mother, though their father objected.
Judge Shelly Eisenberg said that given the circumstances, the boys’ welfare, health and express wishes matter most. She rejected the father’s argument that there is no urgency to getting the vaccine. The boys had said the vaccine would help them keep participating in competitive sports in which they come in close contact with members of their age group, most of whom aren’t vaccinated.