A recommendation was sent by the Public Defender of Rio de Janeiro (DPRJ) to mayors and health secretaries of the 92 municipalities in the state, advising the end of the mandatory presence or authorization of the legal representative of adolescents between 12 and 17 years old at the time of vaccination against covid-19, as well as the presentation of the CPF or photo document.
The request was made by the Children and Youth Coordinator and by the Health and Collective Guardianship. The Defender’s Office claims that the measures adopted by municipalities for immunization can prevent or prevent the exercise of the fundamental right to health and constitutes an injury to the right to a healthy life, as provided for in the “Legal Framework: Health, a Right for Adolescents”.
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According to the agency, the “Basic Guidelines for Comprehensive Adolescent Health Care in Schools and Basic Health Units”, formulated by the Ministry of Health, establish that, with regard to immunization, adolescents have the right to health care without authorization and unaccompanied by parents.
Municipalities and health secretariats have five days to respond about whether or not they have received all or part of the recommendations. If they adopt the measures, they will also have to publish, on their Transparency Portals and websites, awareness campaigns on the importance of vaccinating adolescents against covid-19.
Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro
Edition: Jaqueline Deister