11-Year-Old Vaccinated in China Without Parents’ Knowledge or Consent

By Raven Wu
Raven Wu
Raven Wu
and Ellen Wan
Ellen Wan
Ellen Wan
Ellen Wan has worked for the Japanese edition of The Epoch Times since 2007.
September 12, 2021 Updated: September 12, 2021

A Chinese father is furious that his 11-year-old son was forcibly vaccinated against COVID-19 without his knowledge, only learning roughly three weeks later that it had happened.

Chen Jianxiong, a resident of Chibi, Hubei Province, posted online alleging that people in the community had forced his son to get vaccinated by taking advantage of the father’s absence. Chen later reported the event to the police.

Chen told The Epoch Times that he was surprised to hear his son’s teacher suggesting a second vaccine shot on the night of Sept. 8.

“My son hasn’t had the first shot yet; why should he get the second shot?” Chen asked the teacher.

That was when he learned that his son had already received a first dose.

Chen said he was furious and he made many phone calls that night to inquire how the vaccination had happened without his knowledge, but the only responses he received were that “[they] didn’t know.”

“Then I called the police, but the police station in the district said they needed to ask for instructions from the top,” Chen said. “So I hung up the phone and went to the Chimagang police station in person the next morning and asked them to open a case.”

Speaking with police, he questioned how such a thing could have happened without his knowledge.

“My child is only 11 years old and is a minor. I am the legal guardian, so I don’t understand how [the community] administered the vaccine on my child without my consent,” Chen said he told the police.

The police then called in several community-related staff for questioning, which was when Chen learned that his son’s vaccination had occurred on Aug. 17.

Chen told The Epoch Times that he accused the community secretary of committing a crime.

“The signature of a parent is required to get my 11-year-old vaccinated, and you violated my parental rights. At the same time, a consent form is needed for vaccination, but the child does not know who signed it,” Chen told them.

When he asked who signed the consent form, community staff members said the child’s grandmother signed it.

“My mother is not literate at all; how was she able to sign? I must hold them accountable!” Chen said.

Chen said he stayed at home for most of August. At that time, he had just returned from Zhengzhou, an area heavily affected by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, and was required to stay home for 14 days. After his quarantine ended on Aug. 17, Chen went out for work.

“That was when [the community staff] took my mother and child to the Chibi Epidemic Prevention Station for vaccinations,” Chen said.

“My parents are 70 and 80 years old; they don’t understand vaccination. In addition, I don’t think this vaccine is safe when no real data is made public. I have asked them to consult me first if they want to get the vaccine.

“Even though most of China is vaccinated, the vaccine is still at an experimental stage. It is worrisome when so many have been forced to get vaccinated. And now I can’t even protect my own child. I hope the international community will pay attention to the forced vaccinations by the authorities across China.”

Zhuge Mingyang, an independent journalist, told The Epoch Times: “The CCP announced this April that forced vaccination will not be imposed. However, forced vaccinations in various parts of China are still being reported. It is unknown whether the CCP is saying one thing and doing another, or perhaps the local authorities are driven by their interests to do so.”

Representatives of the Chimagang police station in Chibi didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Raven Wu
Ellen Wan
Ellen Wan has worked for the Japanese edition of The Epoch Times since 2007.