Coronavirus and the Law

Coronavirus and the Law

Vaccinations and Children

I share day-to-day care with my child’s other parent. Can my child travel across a traffic light border?

Yes, you can take your children between homes that are in different traffic light levels.

However, if you are travelling across the Auckland border between now and 17th of January 2022, you will need to be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test.

Our child is between 12 and 15. The other parent and I can’t agree about whether to vaccinate them. What can I do?

Parents must try to agree. You should use mediation services to help reach agreement. If you still cannot agree, you can file an application with the Family Court and the judge will decide. The judge will put considerable weight on the health benefits of vaccination during a pandemic but will look at the individual circumstances as well.

See “Family Dispute Resolution”: Mediation through the Family Court in the Community Law Manual for information on mediation services.

Vaccination disagreements between people between aged 16 and 18 and their parent or caregiver

People between aged between 16 and 18 can apply to the Family Court to get a vaccination decision reviewed. The judge will put considerable weight on the health benefits of vaccination during a pandemic but will look at the individual circumstances as well. If you’re under 18 and you understand the benefits and risks of vaccine, you can give consent to get vaccinated.

Where can I go for more support?

If you need legal support or clarity on what you’ve read here, please contact a Community Law Centre or other legal advice service.

For up-to-date information about traffic light settings and boundaries, please go to www.covid19.govt.nz

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