Does the court have any authority or authority to make health decisions about future vaccines?

Ontario, Canada


The following excerpt is from B.C.J.B. v. E.-R.R.R., 2020 ONCJ 438 (CanLII):

In Tarkowski v. Lemieux, 2020 ONCJ 280, P. Jones J. heard a trial concerning a 7 years-old girl. Although P. Jones J. granted the mother sole custody, she empowered the father to make health decisions about future vaccines, including about whether to administer a Covid-19 vaccine, when and if there is one. She did so based on the parents’ history of behaviour surrounding vaccines. The mother previously refused to consent to the child being immunized as an infant, she had expressed concerns that vaccinations might be linked to autism (a theory described as “universally debunked”), when she started to have the child vaccinated, she delayed the process, and she continued to show hesitancy. P. Jones J. found that the father understood the risks to the child and to others, if the child is not vaccinated.

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