A New Washington D.C. Law Allowing Vaccines Without Parental Consent

A group of parents in Washington, D.C. are suing the city due to a new law that allows children aged 11 and up to get many vaccines, including those for Covid-19, without knowing their parents or consent.

The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on July 12 on behalf of four parents by the Children’s Health Defense (CHD) and the Parental Rights Foundation. The new law concerned entered into force on March 19, 2021, and included any vaccination authorized by the Immunization Practices Consultative Committee (ACIP).

The lawsuit seeks a declaration following a trial that the new law is unconstitutional and a preliminary injunction that would prohibit the city’s officials from administering vaccines to minors under the law until the problem of the case is held.

The new law prohibits the Department of Health from providing immunization records to the parents of children receiving approved vaccines. It also restricts insurance companies from sending parents an Explanation of Benefits for services provided.

In 1986 Federal National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act provides pharmaceutical corporations with liability protection in vaccine injury cases in certain circumstances. Persons who claim an injury because of a vaccine must claim a fund administered by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

The federal law requires that parents receive specified information about vaccines and instructions for making claims for injuries from the national fund.

The CHD stated, “The D.C. Act is an excessive intrusion on the rights and liberty of parents and children. As the Supreme Court held, ‘The liberty interest at issue, in this case, the interest of parents in the care, custody, and control of their children is perhaps the oldest of the fundamental liberty interests recognized by this Court.’”

The parents’ lawyer also stated, “The D.C. Act contains several provisions designed to deceive parents and hide that the child has been vaccinated against parental judgment, authority or religious convictions.”

The CHD alleges that when parents have no information that a school nurse has vaccinated their children, they will not recognize adverse vaccine reactions. Parents and family doctors may also administer duplicate vaccinations that run counter to warnings against improperly timed inoculations.

A preliminary injunction hearing is pending, and the case is expected to go to trial soon.