Updated – Judicial review called to stop vaccine rollout to children

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Updated: Legal action has been launched by a group of parents wanting a review of Medsafe’s decision to roll out the Pzifer covid vaccine to 5 to 11-year-olds.

Medsafe granted provisional approval for the paediatric dose in December 2021 and kids were offered the jab starting 17 January following government approval. To date, more than 100,000 first doses of the vaccine have been administered to children aged 5 to 11.

The parent group lodged legal papers at Wellington’s High Court (pictured above) in early January asking that the rollout to young children be stopped.

Justice Rebecca Ellis held the first court conference on 17 January where she gave the parents name suppression. The application for a preliminary order to halt the rollout to children was denied.

However, a further hearing is scheduled for Thursday 27 January, also before Justice Ellis.

Some of the parents say they have experienced reactions to the Pfizer vaccine, have children at risk, and are concerned about the new technology used in the mRNA vaccine.

Their legal challenge is supported by The ‘Hood NZ organisation, which says it has questions about the vaccine that have not been answered by the government.

The ‘Hoood NZ is made up of 1,500 concerned parents, doctors, nurses, academics, scientists, lawyers and others.

UPDATE: Following the hearing on Thursday 27 January, where the parents asked Justice Ellis for an interim decision to limit vaccines to children who are immunocompromised, the judge said she would make a decision on Monday 31 January.

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