Our child, our choice
My family and I were planning to have a holiday in Bermuda this year, but then I noticed a Bermuda Government travel restriction concerning children of 12 and over; ie, “all visitors aged 12 and over arriving by sea or air must be fully vaccinated”. (I presume this is for Covid, and not for MMR for instance, although that is not made clear.)
This dismayed me. Doesn’t the Bermuda Government realise that children of 12, 13, 14, etc, are still minors and it is not the right of a government to dictate what inoculations should be stuck into their bodies. This usurps the rights of parents over their own children.
I realise that Western governments advise that certain immunisations are given to young children, eg MMR, polio, diphtheria, etc, but they are not compulsory and are given in the child’s “best interest”. The parents have a choice. But the Bermuda Government, by making it mandatory, is taking away the parent’s choice, and that is an infringement of parental rights. I object to that in the strongest terms.
We have a 12-year-old and have chosen not to have him vaccinated against Covid because of his youth and possible future health concerns.
Of course, we do still have a choice — and that is not to visit Bermuda at all! Which is what we will do.