California wants to vaccinate more than one million teenagers —and they don’t care what parents think. State Senators Scott Wiegner and Richard Pan have introduced SB 866, a bill that allows minors ages 12 and up to receive the COVID vaccine without parental consent.

“This is about empowering teenagers to make decisions on their own health and their own safety,” Wiener told the Los Angeles Times. “Almost a million California teenagers are unvaccinated, and for a lot of those teens it’s because their parents either refuse to get them vaccinated or they have not yet gotten around to it.”

“It’s unconscionable for teens to be blocked from the vaccine because a parent either refuses or cannot take their child to a vaccination site,” he added.

If the bill makes it through the California Legislature and is signed by Governor Gavin Newsom, it will go into effect Jan. 1, 2023.

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