Bill allowing preteen vaccines without parental OK advances

Heather Haworth, left, holds the hand of her 12-year-old son Jeremy as he receives the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from medical assistant Gloria Urgell at the Providence, Edwards Lifesciences vaccination site in Santa Ana, Thursday, May 13, 2021. The California state Senate Judiciary committee approved a bill by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, Thursday, May 5, 2022, that would allow minors between the ages of 12-17 to get vaccinated without parental approval. The measure now goes to the full Senate. AP photo/Jae C. Hong, file photo
Don ThompsonThe Associated PressA California measure that would allow children age 12 and up to be vaccinated without their parents’ consent, including against the coronavirus, cleared its first legislative hurdle Thursday, May 5.If the proposal becomes law, California would allow the youngest age group of any state to be vaccinated without parental permission.Minors age 12 to 17 in California currently cannot be vaccinated without permission from their parents or guardians, unless the vaccine is specifically to prevent a sexually transmitted disease. California state law already allows people 12 and older to consent to the hepatitis B and human papillomavirus vaccines.The bill that cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee would lift the parental requirement for that ag
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