Why does a legal guardian have to give consent for vaccines?

The new Tennessee Mature Minor Doctrine Clarification Act requires a legal guardian’s consent to administer vaccinations to minor children.

Can a step-parent or grandparent consent to vaccines if they are on the child’s HIPPA form?

No. Only a biological parent or legal guardian can consent for vaccines.

Do I need to consent once or at each visit?

As of now, you will have to consent at each visit.

Can I send in a handwritten note that vaccines can be given?

No. You will need to print the vaccine consent form and complete it.

What if I am bringing a child that is in foster care?

If your child is in foster care, please contact your case worker for details on what it needed prior to your well visit.

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