COVID-19 and Vaccinations

COVID-19 and Vaccinations

At the best of times, it can be extremely difficult for separated parents to come to a consensus about their child’s medical wellbeing. This may be especially true when parents are diametrically opposed on certain medical issues.

A recent article in the Lawyer’s Daily by Garry Wise, Simran Bakshi and Joshua Prizant entitled “To vaccinate or not: Which parent decides?”, considers this old issue in a new context: vaccinations for COVID-19.

Every day, more information is being released about various COVID-19 vaccines and when they will become available to the general public. For some however, the anticipated availability of a COVID-19 vaccine only leads to more questions: will his or her partner consent to their child receiving the vaccine?

In their article, Wise, Bakshi and Prizant consider two-2020 decisions from Ontario where the Court addressed this very issue. While decisions from Ontario are not binding on Alberta Courts, the decisions may be persuasive to an Alberta Judge and may be of interest to Alberta parents who anticipate that their partner will resist their child being vaccinated.

If you have any questions or concerns about medical decision making for your child, or any other family law issues, you can set up a consultation by calling our office at 587.440.3070 or by using the Contact form on our website. Our office is set up to work virtually and we can assist you with any family or divorce issues you may have during the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you have any further questions about COVID-19 and parenting and support issues, take a look at the other blogs in our COVID-19 series.

The above information regarding medical decision making and its intersection with the COVID-19 pandemic as detailed above and in the referenced article does not constitute legal advice. EBL Family Law is not liable for any reliance on the above information.