Judge Mary Larkin has ruled that a 15-year-old disabled boy can receive the Covid-19 vaccine despite his mother’s objections.
Judge Larkin used a provision in the Child Care Act to allow the Child and Family Agency Tusla to continue with the vaccination of the boy.
The order was granted at the Family Law Court under Section 47 of the Childcare Act after the boy’s GP said in a letter that he “is at risk of serious and potentially fatal complications should he contract the Covid 19 infection” due to his disabilities.
The court heard that the boy told his social worker that he wanted to get vaccinated so he can go back into town and the cinema again.
Judge Larkin stated that at the boy’s age “the voice of a child” in the court proceedings has to rule over the view of others with opposing views.
Judge Larkin stated, “The tenor and thrust of all medical data and evidence is that people with underlying needs have greater need to be vaccinated than anyone else. I have no difficulty in granting the order that he receive the vaccine.”
The boy’s social worker was asked if receiving the vaccine was in the boy’s best interests, to which she replied with, “I do, Judge, because he is at home and rarely goes out unless he is in a car or goes to his respite carers three afternoons a week.”
The teenager has lived with foster carers since 2010 and it’s understood that they want him to get vaccinated.
The boy does not see his biological parents and according to solicitor for Tusla Muiris Gavin, he was in contact with the boy’s mother’s solicitor who was not able to get in contact with her before the court but stated that their last communication revealed that she was opposed to her son receiving the vaccine.
Judge Larkin stated that the child is in the care of Tusla and that decisions should be made by Tusla.
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