Authorized Mother on Children’s COVID-19 Vaccination Status in Alberta Court Case | The Canadian News

A Lethbridge judge ruled in favor of a mother’s wishes to vaccinate her two children against COVID-19, despite opposition from their father.

The names of the individuals involved are not being released to protect the family’s privacy.

According to Alberta Court Public Court Documents of the Queen’s Court, the mother and father were divorced in 2014 and have joint custody of two children, ages 10 and 12, named ARB and BPB, respectively.

The parents agreed to give the children their annual flu shots, and both are up-to-date on their childhood vaccinations.

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However, a disagreement emerged over whether or not to vaccinate the children against COVID-19, the alleged first such argument within the parenting agreement.

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The father wanted to wait until there was “more evidence” about the safety of the vaccine before continuing with the immunization.

Judge Johnna C. Kubik said “the father’s commitment to vaccine misinformation” was shared with the two children, putting them under stress and anxiety over their “questionable resources.”

“The underlying argument is that the father’s position regarding vaccination is based on conspiracy theories and misinformation, and his willingness to share this with children shows that he cannot make decisions in their best interest,” his decision reads. .

The mother wants the children to be vaccinated for a variety of reasons, including their ability to participate in recreational activities safely, be protected from contracting the virus, and demonstrate community responsibility.

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According to the document, the father’s comments prompted ARB to express concern that the vaccine would put them at risk of death, while BPB, on the other hand, said they wanted to consult more with their doctor before receiving the vaccine, but expressed interest. to be immunized.

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In his decision, Kubik outlined the evidence of vaccine efficacy provided by clinical trials and Health Canada, and also cited two similar cases in Saskatchewan and Ontario, where “the courts were presented with significant documentation from publicly accessible government sources. , previous cases and relied on their own knowledge to take judicial note of certain facts related to COVID-19 and the PfizerBioNTech vaccine, including the fact of the approval of the vaccine, recommendations for use, risk, safety and efficacy ”.

In Canada, a pediatric version of the Pfizer vaccine was approved for use in children ages 12 to 17 on September 16, and for use in children ages five to 11 on November 19.

After determining what was in the best interests of the children’s well-being, the mother was given full authority over all decisions related to children’s health and COVID-19, including immunization when ready and health treatment. .

The two parents will continue to share joint decision-making authority over all other health matters, and the parent can no longer discuss COVID-19 with the children.

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