ACDP court’s ban on teen vaccine rollout jeopardizes students’ equality rights

Section 27 lamented the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) tribunal’s ban on rolling out vaccines for adolescents as a risk of compromising students’ rights to equality, access to health services and to basic education.

Section 27 reiterated its position on Tuesday that it will be join the fight in support of the ministry of healthto vaccinate pre-adolescents and adolescents against Covid-19.

The organization has filed arguments in the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Division in Pretoria, supporting the government’s rollout of Covid-19 vaccines for children aged 12 to 17.

The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) has raised objections to the department’s vaccination rollout plan targeting teenagers.

The case, brought by ACDP and its partners against the National Department of Health and the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), will be held in open court before Judge Potterill.

“Section 27 acts as amicus curiae (friend of the court), to provide the court with information on the adverse educational, social and mental health effects of Covid-19 on learners and their school experiences over the past two years,” the door said. -spoken Julia Chaskalson.

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“Now that schools have fully reopened without rotation schedules, it is crucial that adolescent vaccination is allowed to continue so that learners who attend schools with poor infrastructure and overcrowded conditions are protected from the worst effects of Covid-19.

“Along with other non-pharmaceutical interventions like ventilation and wearing masks, vaccines are essential to protect young people from Covid-19 outbreaks at school.

“We believe that any effort to prohibit the deployment of vaccines to adolescents risks compromising learners’ rights to equality, access to health services, basic education and Article 28 (2 ) of the Constitution which states that “the best interests of the child shall be of paramount importance in any matter concerning the child.

The National Directorate of Health and sahpra oppose the ACDP’s request and have, through their articles, “shown precise scientific evidence on the safety and efficacy of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for adolescents”.

Chaskalson said the organization believes vaccinations should be made more accessible to young people, not suspended as ACDP and their partners hope.

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“Entering the winter months when the chances of a resurgence of the Corona virus are more likely, ACDP’s proposed ban on teenage vaccines could have disastrous results – not only for the learners themselves, but for all school communities.