Despite objections from his father, a 12-year-old boy in the Netherlands has won the right to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
In one of the first cases of its kind in the Netherlands, Groningen District Court ruled that the 12-year-old boy had the right to receive the vaccine to visit his dying grandmother.
The boy argued that getting vaccinated would reduce the risk of passing the virus to his grandmother. Judge Bart Tromp granted the boy permission due to interests involved with vaccination, “in particular the interest of this minor”.
Tromp ordered that the boy be given the shot shortly because his interests were more important than any appeal from his father’s lawyers.
His father, who is quite sceptical of vaccines, stated that they “were still in the test phase” and added that there would be “great risks for the reproductive organs in the long term”.
Tromp stated that there was no scientific evidence to back up these claims.
Dutch law allows judges to make decisions in the best interests of children even if their parents do not agree.
The law also allows children aged 12 to 17 to be vaccinated once their parents give permission, however, in this case, the boy’s parents were divorced and his mother gave permission.