D.C. law letting teens choose COVID-19 vaccination should stand

The AMA has joined several other organizations representing physicians and adolescent-health professionals to file an amicus brief in support of the District of Columbia’s Minor Consent Act.

That public health law protecting minors’ access to medical care such as COVID-19 vaccination and other routine immunizations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, such as those for tetanus and pertussis. The groups’ brief was filed in one of two separate lawsuits that were brought in federal court last month challenging the law and urges the court to dismiss the challenge.

My latest for the AMA. The whole shebang.