Experts say youngsters may be able to give consent, as long as they are fully informed and deemed mature enough to make their own decisions.
Professor Russell Viner, former president of the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health, said he thinks guidelines that allow young people to make choices on their own treatment would also apply to Covid vaccines.
He told a Royal Society of Medicine virtual briefing: “I think those general Fraser guideline principles would absolutely apply here, and I think they should apply, because young people, if competent, should be able to make their own decisions.
“There is a requirement to assess and approve competence, for them to be fully informed, and there is a requirement for the caregiver to have discussed and tried to work with the parents.”
Tried to work with the parents???