It’s official. Chris Hipkins ruined the first day of summer confirming that our little Kiwis are in the vaccination firing line from late January.
They have bought the jabs and are ramming it through the Medsafe process as we speak.
They forgot to announce that no due process will actually be adhered to because they have already secured enough doses to begin the vaccinating program. No refund. Sorry folks – they signed that indemnity agreement the conspiracy theorists keep harping on about.
Remember when Jacinda promised children were safe from the vaccine campaign?
“On kids, there will always be choice, always, you have my absolute commitment on that.”PM Jacinda Ardern
“There are still details to be worked through and still the Medsafe process to go through, but we are now well advanced in the planning for the rollout of vaccines to 5 to 11-year-olds.”
This is an absolutely shameless and bald sellout to Pfizer considering that Chris Hipkins admitted that “younger New Zealanders were likely to contract the virus but won’t get as sick as adults.”
Dr Jin Russell was carted in to support their jab the little Kiwi campaign: “I think it would be sensible to vaccinate children, despite them being at much lower risk of severe illness compared to adults.” That doesn’t sound like a compelling reason to me.
She then follows it up with, “While children themselves tend to experience a mild or asymptomatic illness from Covid-19, they can still transmit it, particularly to their own household bubbles.”
Now they are getting the jab to keep us safe. This is so-called safety loop is looking more like a dollar sign for Pfizer rather than a logical and reasonable response to a pandemic.
But it gets worse. The rollout will include school-based jab-a-thons.
In the New Zealand Covid vaccine response the Ministry of Health outline that they are working with iwi, DHBs, local providers, communities and the Ministry of Education to roll out the Pfizer vaccine to children in a whanau-based model.
Chris Hipkins agrees there is the potential for vaccinating children in school settings.
Why should this be added to the list of things that keeps us from sleeping at night?
The answer is consent. Particularly parents’ consent.
The World Health Organisation states “For consent to be valid, it must be informed, understood and voluntary, and the person consenting must have the capacity to make the decision.”
This has obviously been violated to the highest degree in New Zealand with mandatory vaccines riding roughshod over adults’ right to give or withhold their consent voluntarily.
Jacinda’s claim that “there will always be choice” will in her opinion be true because it will have morphed into a new kind of choice. The smarmy “unlock the things you love”, “two jabs for summer” slogans are really just thinly veiled contempt for our consent.
In preparation for the inevitable backlash, some stellar work has been carried out to undermine those who defend a parent’s right to consent for their children’s vaccinations. They will not be asking for parents’ consent. Instead they will be claiming that consent is “implied“.
“An implied consent process by which parents are informed of imminent vaccination through social mobilization and communication, sometimes including letters directly addressed to the parents. Subsequently, the physical presence of the child or adolescent, with or without an accompanying parent at the vaccination session, is considered to imply consent. This practice is based on the opt-out principle and parents who do not consent to vaccination are expected implicitly to take steps to ensure that their child or adolescent does not participate in the vaccination session. This may include not letting the child or adolescent attend school on a vaccination day, if vaccine delivery occurs through schools.”
Under the New Zealand Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights, if a health professional is satisfied that the young person fully understands what is involved with the treatment, then the young person can consent.
When it comes to the Care of Children Act, the view of the New Zealand courts follows a British case in which the House of Lords decided a child under 16 was legally competent to consent to medical examination and treatment – if they had sufficient maturity and intelligence to understand the nature and implications of that treatment.
When it comes to consenting to vaccination, a health professional must be satisfied the child understands why it is necessary and the reasons for it. They must also be satisfied the child understands the risks, benefits and outcomes involved.
At this point, it is worth noting that a Ministry of Health survey in June found 42% of caregivers were unlikely to allow their 12–to-15-year-old children to be vaccinated.
So that 42% should be thinking very hard right now about what they are going to do when team Jacinda and Chris and Grant unleash the vaxxers on the schools.
We know children’s consent is enough.
We know consent has been corrupted into a dirty, murky version where it’s two jabs to enjoy summer and unlock the things you love.
We are on notice. Vaccines are coming to schools. January.