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Immediate Call to Action on SB866: Minor Consent Bill

URGENT UPDATE: 
The bill is being amended to raise the age of consent to vaccines from 12 to age 15. With the help of organizations, parents, and advocates across California, we have identified specific legislators that we must continue to keep the pressure on. We have updated this 1-Click campaign so that emails are only reaching these individuals.

Freedom Keepers have already taken over 27,431 actions against SB866. LETS KEEP GOING. 

Amending the bill to raise the age of consent to 15 from 12 still does not address many issues. Amending this bill does not address:
- The locations at which a minor will be able to receive and if they are adequately equipped to handle an emergency
- How the provider will have access to their medical history.
- The lack of resources, an advocate, or help available to a minor should they suffer a vaccine injury.
- The proper requirements for filing a compensation claim which require a parent or guardian.
- The ability to determine whether that particular minor can consent, this is particular concerning for children with exceptional needs.
- The age requirement to file a claim is 18 years old and the statute of limitations for filing a claim is 3 years from the date of injury.
- Whether a minor knows their full medical history or how to obtain their medical records.
- The scientifically known fact that brains are not fully developed until the age of 25.
- What information or resources will be provided to the minor.
- Whether a minor can decline without parental knowledge


Background:
Introduced by Senator Weiner and Senator Pan  

Existing law prescribes various circumstances under which a minor may consent to their medical care and treatment without a consent of a parent or guardian. These circumstances include, among others, authorizing a minor 12 years of age or older who may have come into contact with am infectious, contagious, or communicable disease to consent to medical care related to the diagnosis or treatment of the disease, if the disease or condition is one that is required by law or regulation to be reported to the local health officer, or is a related sexually transmitted disease, as may de determined by the State Public Health Officer.

This bill would additionally authorize a minor 12 years of age or older to consent to vaccines that meet specified federal agency criteria. The bill would authorize a vaccine provider to provide any service that is not otherwise outside the vaccine provider’s scope of practice. 

Senator Weiner stated that this bill falls in line with current state law that gives minors 12 and older the ability to make reproductive healthcare decisions, such as obtaining the human papillomavirus and hepatitis B vaccines.

Resources:


Click to read ​​Senator Weiner's Statement/LA Times

Click to read Full Bill Text 

 Click here for Spanish

Immediate Call to Action on SB866: Minor Consent Bill

URGENT UPDATE: 
The bill is being amended to raise the age of consent to vaccines from 12 to age 15. With the help of organizations, parents, and advocates across California, we have identified specific legislators that we must continue to keep the pressure on. We have updated this 1-Click campaign so that emails are only reaching these individuals.

Freedom Keepers have already taken over 27,431 actions against SB866. LETS KEEP GOING. 

Amending the bill to raise the age of consent to 15 from 12 still does not address many issues. Amending this bill does not address:
- The locations at which a minor will be able to receive and if they are adequately equipped to handle an emergency
- How the provider will have access to their medical history.
- The lack of resources, an advocate, or help available to a minor should they suffer a vaccine injury.
- The proper requirements for filing a compensation claim which require a parent or guardian.
- The ability to determine whether that particular minor can consent, this is particular concerning for children with exceptional needs.
- The age requirement to file a claim is 18 years old and the statute of limitations for filing a claim is 3 years from the date of injury.
- Whether a minor knows their full medical history or how to obtain their medical records.
- The scientifically known fact that brains are not fully developed until the age of 25.
- What information or resources will be provided to the minor.
- Whether a minor can decline without parental knowledge


Background:
Introduced by Senator Weiner and Senator Pan  

Existing law prescribes various circumstances under which a minor may consent to their medical care and treatment without a consent of a parent or guardian. These circumstances include, among others, authorizing a minor 12 years of age or older who may have come into contact with am infectious, contagious, or communicable disease to consent to medical care related to the diagnosis or treatment of the disease, if the disease or condition is one that is required by law or regulation to be reported to the local health officer, or is a related sexually transmitted disease, as may de determined by the State Public Health Officer.

This bill would additionally authorize a minor 12 years of age or older to consent to vaccines that meet specified federal agency criteria. The bill would authorize a vaccine provider to provide any service that is not otherwise outside the vaccine provider’s scope of practice. 

Senator Weiner stated that this bill falls in line with current state law that gives minors 12 and older the ability to make reproductive healthcare decisions, such as obtaining the human papillomavirus and hepatitis B vaccines.

Resources:


Click to read ​​Senator Weiner's Statement/LA Times

Click to read Full Bill Text 

 Click here for Spanish