Should GPs vaccinate 12-year-olds against COVID-19 when their parents say no?

Paediatricians say young people can provide informed consent and the parents' wishes should be ignored

If a child gives informed consent, should a GP vaccinate a 12-year-old against COVID-19 if their parents object?

Professor John Massie
Professor John Massie.

It’s a question probably facing many doctors now tasked with vaccinating children before their return to school.

For paediatrician Professor John Massie and colleagues, the answer — with some caveats — is a definite yes.