The vaccination process continues its march and governments and health organizations insist on the importance of vaccines reaching the entire population as quickly as possible to stop new outbreaks. However, the anti-vaccine movement remains a stumbling block to grapple with. The latest controversy has arisen in Florence with a 17-year-old teenager who has denounced his parents to the public for not allowing him to be vaccinated.

Joan Solés, correspondent in Italy, has looked at Window this afternoon to analyze the case and the public follow-up that it has generated in a country in which anti-vaccines, as the correspondent has told, are very numerous. Since the beginning of this month of June, Italy has authorized the vaccine from the age of 12, but in the cases of minors it is necessary to obtain the permission of both parents to access immunization against COVID, something that parents involved have rejected, according to the testimony of the young man himself.

“This young man has never received vaccinations, not even the mandatory ones in childhood,” the correspondent explained. In Italy, a minor cannot file a judicial complaint. The young man explained that his parents allow him to go to parties, discos and excursions, but he lacks the autonomy to decide if he wants to be vaccinated or not. According to the correspondent, the young man in question has expressed this problem to his teachers at the institute and it is they who have passed the complaint to the entity of Marriage Lawyers of Italy, which has an agreement with the Ministry of Education for the defense of minors in conflicts.

For now, the lawyers are trying to reconcile those involved and get mediation with the parents to resolve the case. Joan Solés has stated that “surely it is the only thing they can do” although everything indicates that only if the parents persist in preventing vaccination will they file a complaint with the Tuscan Prosecutor’s Office. Despite this, the journalist has doubted that the complaint can progress in the future for being a minor.

The case has been a starting point for other young minors in similar situations to have decided to abandon their anonymity and report the same situation. Some news that shows the weight of the anti-vaccine movement in Italy; a phenomenon that the correspondent claims has gained a lot of weight in recent times. “There was a lot of struggle when trying to make essential childhood vaccines mandatory a few years ago. There was a lot of controversy because it was intended to prevent unvaccinated children from going to school and that generated a monumental protest.”

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