Holloway v Parsons [2022] NZFC 805

Published 11 March 2022

Guardianship — vaccination — COVID-19 — global pandemic — Care of Children Act 2004, ss 4, 5, 6, 16, 36 & 46R. The case concerned the parties' young child and whether or not he was to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The applicant mother was in favour of vaccination, which she submitted would allow the child to fully participate in school activities and also protect the health of vulnerable family members. The respondent father was opposed to vaccination, which he believed to be unsafe. However the respondent was unable to provide any convincing evidence to support his claims. By contrast the vaccines had been carefully developed and rigorously tested, and were supported by governments and health organisations around the world. The child expressed the view that he was willing to be vaccinated, just not until he turned 12 or 13; in this respect he appeared to be trying to please both of his parents. The Court found that vaccination was in the child's best interests and ordered that he be vaccinated immediately. Judgment Date: 31 January 2022. * * * Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements. * * *