12-year-old Dutch boy wins lawsuit against COVID-19 vaccine

A 12-year-old Dutch boy has won a lawsuit for the right to be vaccinated against COVID-19 so he can visit his grandmother with lung cancer, despite objections from his father.

A girl is vaccinated against COVID-19 in Utrecht, Netherlands, Photo: Getty Images
A girl is vaccinated against COVID-19 in Utrecht, Netherlands, Photo: Getty Images

Channel DW (Germany) reported that the district court in the city of Groningen has ruled to accept the boy's wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Children aged 12-17 in the Netherlands can choose to have or not get the COVID-19 vaccine, but need to get permission from both parents. In the case of a 12-year-old boy, his parents are divorced, the mother agrees to have the child vaccinated but the father opposes.

The father said that the COVID-19 vaccine "is still in the experimental stage" and has the potential to "pose a risk to the reproductive organs in the long run".

However, the court ruled there was no scientific basis for the father's claim. The judge allowed the boy to be vaccinated against COVID-19 based on "immunization-related interests, especially the interests of this teenager".

The judge ruled that the boy was vaccinated against COVID-19 because his interests were more important than any argument the father's lawyer made.

According to court documents, the boy wanted to be vaccinated because he "did not want to get COVID-19 and limit the risk of infecting others". Moreover, the boy's grandmother has metastatic lung cancer and her health is getting worse, so the boy wants to spend as much time as possible with her. Because he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19, the boy is afraid that he may infect his grandmother. But the boy had a hard time convincing his father.

According to Johns Hopkins University (USA), more than 2 million Dutch people have been infected with COVID-19 with 18,528 deaths.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who have not received 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those who have received 2 doses of the vaccine.

The European Union (EU) currently approved the injection of BioNTech-Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for adolescents aged 12-17 years.

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