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Teens get COVID jabs amid concerns of side-effects and consent form

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The vaccination campaign for teens aged between 15 to 17 kicked off on Tuesday, despite fears from parents and brewing anger regarding the controversial consent form.

About 4,000 high school students were inoculated with the first dose of Pfizer vaccine on Day 1, Defi Media reported.

The inoculation campaign will last for 22 days (until October 20) and be held in a dozen colleges across the island.

L’Express reported on the reluctance of numerous parents, particularly regarding certain clauses of the Consent Form, which claim that the vaccine could cause “injuries and death.”

By signing the form, parents also agree to “accept, and freely and voluntarily assume, the risks set out in this form”. They also agree to indemnify and hold the Government, vaccine manufacturers and donor entities “harmless from and against any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs or expenses, including but not limited to reasonable attorney’s fees and other litigation costs and expenses incurred by any of these parties as a result if any claims or suits that I… may bring against any of them.”

Reacting to a parent’s concerns at Phoenix SSS, Health Minister Dr Kailesh Jagutpal defended the Consent Form, arguing that this is a condition imposed by vaccine producers.

“It’s the same debate since it started. We need to meet the demands of the producers, else no one will give us vaccines,” he was quoted as telling Defi Media.

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