Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Vaccine Custody Disputes In Light Of Approval Of Vaccine For Children

From Forbes:

The FDA recently approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children which the distribution is calling. Whether to mandate such vaccine for children is unclear. Some local or state schools started to mandate the action.

On September 9, the Los Angeles board of education voted to mandate COVID vaccine for in-person student ages 12 and up. This move has received criticism. Similarly, a bill in New York, if passed, requires all New York students to be vaccinated in order to attend school.  The concern of religious exemptions expands on the situation of child vaccination. 

Courts are starting to weigh in on the issue regarding parents' differences on whether or not to vaccinate their children. Delta variant along with uneliminated COVID virus vs a religious or cultural belief as well as a parent's primary duty to protect children has emerged as a complex matter for the courts to decide.

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