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California lawmakers on Thursday amended a bill that would allow pretzels to be vaccinated against a variety of health conditions without their parents’ consent, instead raising the proposed minimum age to 15, which is still one of the youngest in the US.

Currently, minors between the ages of 12 and 17 in California can not be vaccinated without permission from their parents or guardians, except for vaccinations to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. California state law already allows people 12 years of age and older to be vaccinated against hepatitis B and human papillomavirus (HPV).

The bill, which was passed by a 21-8 vote in the state Senate last month, would allow people 12 years of age and older to receive any vaccine approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention against the coronavirus. , Despite the opposition of their parents. It was the youngest age of consent in any state.

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Republican Assemblyman Kevin Kylie said in a tweet that the bill was “nowhere near as good” as it needed to have the 41 votes needed to pass the Assembly.

The author of the bill is Democratic Sen. Scott Weiner spokeswoman Katie Stewart said supporters of the move had enough votes in the assembly, but “it’s not a slam dunk.”

“We hope it helps to make it easier,” she says. “And the majority of people who use it, we think there will be 15 to 18 who will benefit from it, so we thought it’s a good compromise.”

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A health care worker administers the Kovid-19 vaccine to a young man in New York.  The California bill that allows prenatal vaccinations without parental consent has been amended, instead the minimum age will be 15.

A health care worker administers the Kovid-19 vaccine to a young man in New York. The California bill that allows prenatal vaccinations without parental consent has been amended, instead the minimum age will be 15.
(Johnny Milano / Bloomberg by Getty Images)

The amendment does not change the minimum age of consent for vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases.

Weiner’s scale is the latest coronavirus-related bill to deal with headwinds. As the winter epidemic wave subsided many other proposals stalled, perhaps remaining his most controversial legislation.

Both Governor Gavin Newsom and Senator Richard Pan delayed action on school vaccinations until next year, and Assemblyman Buffy Vix withdrew his bill, making all California businesses need coronavirus vaccines for their employees.

Stewart acknowledged that many members of the Assembly were concerned about the young age and that “we want to work with individuals to overcome this.”

Alabama allows children to be vaccinated from the age of 14, Oregon from the age of 15 and Rhode Island and South Carolina from the age of 16. Cities including Philadelphia and Washington, DC allow children 11 years of age and older to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 vaccine, and in San Francisco 12 years of age and older.

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Republican Assemblyman Heath Flora said raising the age to 15 would not “go far enough.”

“The state has been trying for years to give 17-year-olds the right to vote and 12-year-olds the right to make medical decisions,” he said. “But we do not want to prosecute criminals as adults until the age of 25 because their brains are not fully developed.”