The Department of Health urged parents to discuss the benefits of vaccination against Covid-19 with their children.
This comes as the department prepares to roll out its vaccination program for children aged 12 to 17.
In a statement on Tuesday, the department said it would begin recording and vaccinating “young people” with the Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday. The department said this was in line with the recommendations of the ministerial advisory committee on vaccines.
“This follows an announcement made by Health Minister Dr. Joe Phaahla last week that all children between the ages of 12 and 17 will be eligible to receive a dose of Pfizer vaccine,” the statement said. “Most of them are in high school or high school. This will be beneficial as schools prepare for exams to conclude the school year. “
The department said there will be no special vaccination sites in schools due to exam preparations.
“Parents, caregivers and legal guardians are encouraged to help eligible young people register and get vaccinated at public or private vaccination sites. “
The Children’s Act states that children over 12 can consent to their own medical treatment provided they are mature enough and have the mental capacity to understand the benefits, risks, social implications and others of processing.
“However, it is recommended that parents have open discussions with children on the benefits of the Covid-19 vaccine to make an informed health choice, and possibly accompany them when they present to the vaccination sites”, indicates the press release.
“Vaccinating young people from the age of 12 is a global phenomenon that parents should not be overly concerned about. As with adults, all eligible children must bring South African identity cards, birth certificate with registration number, foreign passport or any verifiable asylum / refugee identity proof bearing the name of the child. ‘child for the purposes of registration on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS). ”