COVID-19 child vaccinations: Promoting children’s right to equality, education, food and health

Z Sujee, S Ndlela


The pandemic has adversely impacted children. The vaccine roll-out to children aged 12 - 17 years is important to curb the spread of the virus and allow children to revert to some form of normality. Children’s rights to equality, education, health and food have been impeded during the pandemic. However, there is a persistent hesitancy towards the vaccine roll-out. This is apparent from a case before the High Court in Pretoria, in the pending matter between the African Christian Democratic Party and others v The Minister of the National Department of Health: Dr M Phaahla and Others. SECTION27’s intervention as amicus curiae highlights the importance of vaccines, and provides evidence to illustrate the adverse impact of the pandemic on learners’ rights to equality, education, food and health. Further, the evidence illustrates the inequalities that exist among learners.

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Z Sujee, SECTION27, Johannesburg, South Africa

S Ndlela, SECTION27, Johannesburg, South Africa

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South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 2022;15(1):9.

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Date submitted: 2022-01-18
Date published: 2022-01-18

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