30. Child Refusal of Covid Vaccination in School

As parents are aware the new Covid 19 Vaccination is being introduced in the UK.  At the present time it is not recommended for children under 16 years of age, however incase things change and schools begin to introduce the vaccination programme into the school environment.  Every parent has the right to refuse on behalf of any child the consent and refusal for the child to receive the new vaccine. Here is a template letter which can be sent to the Headteacher, Governing Body and Local Education Authority refusing permission for your child to be vaccinated.  Children over the age of 16 years can decide for themselves as long as they are mentally capable and in full knowledge of all risks to any medical intervention (vaccine).  For children who are over the age of 16 years and have learning difficulties, it is to be discussed with the person whether they are capable of understanding the risks and information on any medical intervention.  For those under 16 years, parental consent is necessary.  Copy and paste the letter with the childs name and date of birth in the relevant areas, the parent signs the letter (please note: separated parents, the parent with right to responsibility by law is the only person to sign the letter).  Please obtain a witness over the age of 18 years to witness the signed letter, keep a copy and send to relevant person.  You can download a PDF version at the bottom of the page.  This is a 2-page letter send both pages.

**Remember to include your details in the relevant (Bracket) areas to personalise it**  *Please note this letter is available in a choice of downloadable formats to include Microsoft Doc., PDF or ODT (Word) - see end of letter.

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Dated: (Today's Date)

For the attention of Headteacher/Governing Body/Local Education Authority 

(Address of School here)

To Headteacher et al.

Re: Withdrawal of Consent for the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid 19) Vaccine Childs Name:                                    Child's Date of Birth:

I wish it to be known and understood that as from the date appearing on this document and in the event that my child is expected to receive the new SARS-CoV-2 (Covid 19) vaccine in the near future I wish to make it known that: In accordance with my Human rights UNESCO Bioethics & Human Rights 2005 & NHS Constitution 2015 (Article 3. - Human Dignity & Human Rights – (Article 6 – Consent -  see overleaf for full written articles for your information) (NHS Constitution 2015 – Consent & Human Rights

I wish it to be known and understood from this day forward that  I DO NOT give consent and I refuse to allow any form of SARS Cov2 (Covid 19) vaccinations to be conducted or performed either internally or externally on any part of my child's body in accordance with my child's Human Rights.
Any such attempt in contravention of my wishes will be treated as common assault and in contravention of my child's human rights mentioned above and will be the subject of prosecution in law of those involved in this action.


Your Name

Witness Name

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Article 3 – Human dignity and human rights  1. Human dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms are to be fully respected. 2. The interests and welfare of the individual should have priority over the sole interest of science or society.

Article 6 – Consent 1. Any preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic medical intervention is only to be carried out with the prior, free and informed consent of the person concerned, based on adequate information. The consent should, where appropriate, be express and may be withdrawn by the person concerned at any time and for any reason without disadvantage or prejudice.
2. Scientific research / medical intervention should only be carried out with the prior, free, express and informed consent of the person concerned. The information should be adequate, provided in a comprehensible form and should include the modalities for withdrawal of consent. Consent may be withdrawn by the person concerned at any time and for any reason without any disadvantage or prejudice. 
3. In appropriate cases of research carried out on a group of persons or a community, additional agreement of the legal representatives of the group or community concerned may be sought. In no case should a collective community agreement or the consent of a community leader or other authority substitute for an individual’s informed consent. 

The NHS Constitution for England (“the Constitution”) (last updated 2015) states, under the heading
1. “Respect, consent and confidentiality” that every person has the right to: (a) be treated with dignity and respect, in accordance with their human rights. (b) accept or refuse treatment that is offered, and not to be given any physical examination or treatment unless they have given valid consent. (c) be given information about the test and treatment options available, what they involve and their risks and benefits. (d) be involved in planning and making decisions about their health and care with their care provider or providers.

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