Should 12 year olds be making decisions about healthcare?

August 23, 2021

Does a 12 year old child have sufficient intellectual and emotional maturity to make medical decisions for himself (or herself)?

In a non-emergency situation, should a 12 year old child be able to consent to a medical procedure without their parent(s) being involved and also giving their consent?

I think any sensible parent (or other adult who has spent any amount of time around children) would answer the above questions with a resounding “NO”.

The NZ Ministry of Health, however, seems to think otherwise.

Someone in the Ministry of Health (MoH) seems to think that 12 year old children should be able to make non-emergency medical decisions for themselves without any parental involvement.

Yes, that’s right, some genius in the MoH has decided that children who are rightly considered to be too young to leave school and get a job, have sex, get a driver’s license or vote are old enough to make decisions about their healthcare – including about a procedure that could cause serious side effects – or in some cases even prove fatal.

Here is a screengrab from the Ministry of Health website in relation to Covid vaccination:

Now that you have read this, please bear in mind the following facts:

  1. The major trial of the Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA vaccine in healthy adults is not due to be completed until 2023*; the Covid jab is still experimental.

2. The trial of the Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA Covid jab in children aged 12 – 15 that has been conducted showed potential for severe adverse effects.

Of the approximately 1130 children who received the mRNA vaccine in the trial, one previously healthy 12 year old girl is now in a wheelchair, has lost control of her bladder and is dependent on a feeding tube (because her GI tract has become so dysfunctional this is the only practical way of her getting adequate nutrition).

This girl’s name is Maddie de Garay and you can view a video of Maddie and her Mum, Stephanie, at this link:

*A feature article about Maddie in PDF form may also be read below.

(This article continues below the PDF inset of the article about Maddie)

3. One child of the approximately 1130 children aged 12 – 15 years old who got the mRNA jab (not the placebo) in the trial of the Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA Covid jab may have died.

The well referenced article that you can read below mentions the death of a 15 year old in the United States who could have been a participant in the same trial as Maddie de Garay.

With the death of a 15 year old who could have been in the trial plus Maddie de Garay’s disabling new medical conditions, if you do the maths, the rate of disablement and death (combined) in the approximately 1130 twelve to fifteen years old trial participants who got the Pfizer shot is about 1 in 565. (And it’s possible the rate of serious adverse outcomes could be higher than this – perhaps there are more children out there like Maddie whose families have NOT chosen to go public.)

If you find the rate of severe outcomes concerning ask yourself, would your twelve year old even try and do such a calculation?

And would your 12 year old actually read an article as part of making a decision about whether or not to have any vaccine? (Or would s/he just roll up and get a Covid shot because it’s constantly being advertised as safe and effective on TV?)

4. There have been post-vaccination deaths in teenagers since Covid vaccines have been marketed to children 12 years and older in the USA.

For example, a 13 year old boy from Michigan developed myocarditis after his second Pfizer shot and died, as you can read at this link:

It is possible to use the search tool developed by the National Vaccine Information Center at the link below to search the United States VAERS database for specific conditions of interest such as myocarditis, seizures, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, etc.

5. Children and teenagers have a very low risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from Covid. According to this medical journal Sweden had zero deaths in children due to Covid (and serious complications were very rare).

In the USA, the child survival rate from Covid is almost 100%. (As of May 29, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) attributed 366 deaths in children aged 0-18 to COVID,2 out of a child population of 74 million – a mortality rate of 0.00049%.)

Does your 12 year old know that if s/he is exposed to SARS-CoV-2 the likely outcome is a mild infection and a few days’ inconvenience? (Or does s/he associate Covid with people being in dire straits clinging to life on ventilators and fear that s/he could become similarly ill if exposed to the virus?)

6. For children (or adults) who are at risk of a serious Covid infection because they have serious pre-exisiting medical problems, antiviral and other medications are available.

Your child probably has no idea that most cases of Covid can be treated successfully without the need for hospitalisation. (These treatments probably won’t be mentioned by any NZ vaccinator to whom an ignorant child may present his/her arm – after all their job is to give Covid jabs, not to provide information about Covid treatments. And a lot of vaccinators giving Covid jabs are not even doctors or nurses but non-medically trained people who have been working in health support roles (such as providing care for the disabled) who have had gone through a quick training programme so that they can administer Covid shots.)

A basic overview of treatments in English and Simplified Chinese may be found at this link:

Treatment protocols that include dosage information may be found on this website:

Protecting your child from becoming a Covid jab guinea pig

Teenagers aged 16 years and over in NZ have been able to consent to have Covid jabs without parental input since the vaccine gained provisional consent for distribution in NZ in late February 2021.

However, parents in NZ have previously not had to worry that their 12 year old children could be injected with an experimental shot without their knowledge or consent.

That the NZ Ministry of Health now seems to think that it is appropriate for twelve year olds to consent to be injected with an agent that has been associated with more deaths and injuries than any other vaccine to date is alarming.

This graph is now out of date as the US Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) has received over 12,000 reports of death following Covid jabs. However it still provides a good illustration of how reports of post-vaccination deaths have dramatically increased since the rushed-to-market Covid jabs were allowed to be marketed in the USA after being granted an “emergency use authorisation”.

As a parent, if you do not want your child to be an unwitting guinea pig in the largest medical experiment the world has ever seen, your list of tasks now also entails developing a strategy to prevent an MoH-enabled vaccine-pusher from sticking a needle in their arm with potentially fatal consequences.

If you have children in the target age group, you may wish to give some thought as to how to talk to your children about the risks of Covid, the risks of the vaccine and the importance of making an informed decision to protect their health.

You may wish to view the cartoon at the link below to see whether or not it is a resource that you could share with your children.

For teenagers, this video of a doctor speaking may be appropriate as it includes information about the potential risks that the vaccine poses to fertility. (Fertility issues are also discussed at this link: )

Dr. Gold worked in emergency medicine as the Covid-19 outbreak began in the US and shares her experiences of treating Covid patients as well as information about the benefits and risks of Covid vaccines.

More information about informed consent issues relating to Covid vaccination, and Covid vaccination and children may be found at the links below.

This link is also worth reading:

End Note: After the text for this article was finalised and the article published, I discovered that the text on the MoH website in relation to consent and young people had been changed to avoid specific reference to children’s age, as you can see below in the screengrab taken on 29 August 2021.

This change of wording aside, parents need to remain vigilant as there have previously been prior cases in which children under 16 have been vaccinated in NZ with no reported consequences for the health professionals concerned.

Family First did a series of press releases on the issue of Covid vaccination and children under the age of 16 and these may be read at the links below.

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