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Who can consent to a child’s vaccine?

In Oregon, any child 15 and older can self-consent to receive the Covid vaccine. For younger children, it’s more complicated.

The basic legal principle is that regardless of where the child lives, parents must agree on medical care. This principle applies to children in grandparent or kin care. Specifically, for children in care, before arranging for the recommended vaccine, DHS Child Welfare will reach out to the biological parents to share information, answer questions and seek consent. Without parental consent a vaccination or immunization may not be given.

For now, the best thing you can do to protect yourself and your children is to be fully vaccinated yourself. One, two and the booster!

As you may know, all children in care have the opportunity to receive their immunizations and vaccinations after coming into care per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) immunization schedule and their healthcare provider’s recommendations. The procedure has been updated to include an additional step—prior to a child receiving an immunization or vaccination, Oregon Department of Human Services Child Welfare (CW) will engage and consult with the child’s biological parent(s), any Indian custodian(s) and/or Tribal Nation if applicable.

If parent(s) do not give consent for one or more vaccination or immunization of a child, then your caseworker will make sure you have that information before a child’s first medical appointment. Without parental consent, a vaccination or immunization may not be given unless:

  • The child is age 15 and older and consents to their own immunizations and vaccinations.
  • Child Welfare has been granted custody and guardianship of the child and the child has a chronic medical condition that places the child at high risk for poor health outcomes or life-threatening illness, if unvaccinated.

If an exception is made, the child’s caseworker will let you know. It is important to keep yourself and the child’s healthcare provider informed throughout the entire process. The full procedure is available in the Child Welfare Policy Manual and resources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic are available on the Oregon Child Welfare COVID-19 Resources webpage. Please note this procedure is subject to change as new CDC, U.S. Federal Drug Administration, public health, Oregon Health Authority, and Oregon Department of Education guidance becomes available.

If you have any questions and concerns about this procedure or need any assistance in getting a child in care a vaccination or immunization, please do not hesitate to reach out to your certifier.

Thank you for the work you do every day to value the voices, experiences, and cultures of the children and families in your care. Take care of yourselves.  

2020-2021 Child Tax Credit

Beginning July 15th, most families with children will automatically receive monthly Child Tax Credit payments of up to $300 per child through the end of 2021. If you did not file a tax return for 2019 or 2020, and did not use the IRS Non-filers tool last year to sign up for the Economic Impact Payments, go online today to sign up for your Child Tax Credit Payments. You can use the IRS Child Tax Credit Non-filer Sign-up Tool. Learn more at ChildTaxCredit.gov.

If you’re curious what you may be receiving in Child Tax Credit payments, there are calculators available including this one: https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/not-sure-how-much-child-tax-credit-money-youll-get-start-here-with-our-calculator/

How to “Zoom” without the frustration! A tutorial for you.

Are you missing out on all the “Zooming?” Is Zoom really worth the effort and frustration? Lots of older people say, Yes. But almost everyone agrees, learning how to use Zoom is frustrating and dangerous to one’s blood pressure.

Well, here is about the best introduction we’ve found. Still, the easiest way to master this is to have a knowledgeable friend or family member talk you through it while you follow the instructions.

Click here for a tutorial about how to join a Zoom video call.

Need COVID-19 Information in Other Languages?

The internet is flooded with information about the coronavirus and COVID-19 illness. Most of this is in English. These translated Public Health Recommendations from Seattle & King counties in 12 languages are frequently updated. Please check back regularly. For Google translations of Ties That Bind pages on this site, please use the translator box in the upper right corner.

COVID-19 (በፊት “ኖቬል ኮሮናቫይረስ” ተብሎ የሚታወቀዉ) የህዝብ ጤና ምክረ ሀሳቦች


COVID-19 توصيات الصحة العامة الخاصة ب


COVID-19 公共衛生局建議


COVID-19: Recommandations de la Santé Publique


Mga Rekomendasyon ng Pampublikong Kalusugan sa COVID-19


COVID-19 Public Health हिदायत


Nyob Huv Tsev, Nyob kuam Noj Qaab Nyob Zoo


COVID-19 (新型コロナウィルス)に関する公衆衛生上の推奨事項


អនុសាសន៍នៃសុខភាពសាធារណៈ ពីជំងឺខូវីដ-១៩


COVID-19 공중보건국 권장 사항


COVID-19 Public Health Komelele ko


COVID-19 Рекомендации Отдела Общественного Здравоохранения


COVID-19 Talooyin Ka haayada caafimaadka ee dadweynaha


COVID-19 Recomendaciones de Salud Pública


โควิด-19 (COVID-19) คำแนะนำจากสาธาราณสุข


Các Khuyến Khích Y Tế Công Cộng về Vi-rút COVID-19