Dutch boy, 12, wins court battle against his anti-vaxx father who refused to give his son permission for a Covid jab so he could see his dying grandmother
- A court ruled the unnamed boy from Groningen had the right to the vaccine
- Kids aged 12-17 can choose to be vaccinated but need both parents’ consent
- The boy’s parents are divorced and his mother agreed to the shot, but his father did not, citing health concerns not supported by science
- Judges can make decisions in the best interests of children in such instances
- The case was one of the first of its kind in the Netherlands
A 12-year-old Dutch boy has won a court battle against his anti-vaxxer father who refused to give him permission to get a Covid-19 jab so he could visit his dying grandmother.
In one of the first cases of its kind in the Netherlands, a court ruled that the unnamed boy in the northern city of Groningen had the right to get the vaccine after he argued that getting the jab would reduce his chances of passing on an infection to her.
Children aged 12 to 17 in the Netherlands can choose to be vaccinated but need permission from both parents. In this case, the boy’s parents are divorced and his mother agreed.
Judge Bart Tromp of Groningen District Court granted permission for the boy to be vaccinated due to the ‘interests involved in vaccination, in particular the interest of this minor’.
He ordered that the boy be given the shot ‘shortly’ because his interests were more important than any possible appeal by the father’s lawyers.
In one of the first cases of its kind in the Netherlands, a court ruled that a 12-year-old boy in the northern city of Groningen had the right to get the vaccine after he argued that getting the jab would reduce his chances of passing on an infection to her. Pictured: Groningen District Court
The judge made the ruling on Tuesday but it was not released until Thursday.
Court papers said the boy’s father, who does not believe in vaccines or testing for coronavirus, refused to allow him to get a jab.
‘The boy wanted to be vaccinated because he did not want to get infected and wanted to limit the chance of infecting others,’ court papers said.
‘On top of this, his grandmother is suffering from metastatic lung cancer and is in the final stages of her life.’
‘The minor wants to spend as much time as possible with her, but he is not vaccinated. He is afraid that he may infect his granny and is convinced that if he did it would be life-threatening,’ the papers said.
The boy ‘found it difficult to talk to his father and felt his pleas were not being heard.’
His father argued that vaccines ‘were still in a test phase’ and said it was possible there would be ‘great risks for the reproductive organs in the long term’.
But the judge said there appeared to be no scientific basis for such concerns.
Dutch law says judges can make decisions in the best interests of children if their parents cannot agree.
Vaccine scepticism is a growing issue in the Netherlands, with the leader of one far-right party espousing anti-vaccine views in parliament.
Protests are expected this weekend when the government introduces a Covid pass to enter restaurants and bars.
Children aged 12 to 17 in the Netherlands can choose to be vaccinated but need permission from both parents. However, the boy’s parents did not agree Pictured: An anti-vaxx protest Amsterdam earlier this month [File photo]
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