State Weighs Bill Allowing 12-Year-Olds To Get Vaccines Without Parental Consent

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At a glance

  • A bill proposed in the Connecticut state legislature would, if passed, give children 12 years and older the right to get vaccines without parental consent.
  • Democratic state Rep. Kevin Ryan, who represents the state’s 139th District, introduced the measure, Bill No. 5480, which is described as “an act allowing children 12 years of age and older to receive a vaccination without the consent of a parent or guardian.”
  • The measure, which has been referred by the state House to the Joint Committee on Public Health, was proposed for the state’s 2023 legislative session and does not rule out other vaccines aside from those for COVID-19.

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