Judges rule on dementia-affected nursing home resident, 85, should not be given a Covid injection against will
Judges rule on dementia-ridden nursing home resident, 85, with long-standing opposition to vaccines, should NOT be given Covid shot against her will
- The woman, a former secretary, had long been opposed to vaccines
- A court has heard that the woman should be detained before being injected
- The judge, Mr Justice Hayden, concluded that vaccination was not in her interest
An 85-year-old woman living in care and suffering from dementia will not receive a coronavirus shot due to her longstanding anti-vaccination beliefs, a judge has ruled.
Mr Justice Hayden was told that the woman, a former secretary in a London factory, had long been opposed to vaccines and that she needed to be restrained before getting an injection.
The judge concluded that vaccination was not in her interest.
The judge said evidence showed that she had long been opposed to vaccines and needed to be restrained or sedated before receiving an injection.
He heard at an online hearing in the Court of Protection, where judges deal with issues related to people who lack the mental ability to make decisions, on Friday, and was told that much of the woman’s cognitive function was disappeared.
A lawyer appointed to represent the woman, who was never married and had no children, asked him to make a decision about vaccination.
Mr Justice Hayden, who heard evidence from health workers and a nursing home manager, said the woman could not be identified in the media.
The social services bosses in the London Borough of Richmond have welfare responsibilities for her.
The woman, a former secretary at a London factory, had long been opposed to vaccines
The judge said evidence showed that she had long been opposed to vaccines and that she needed to be restrained or sedated before receiving an injection.
He said he was not attracted to either option.
“I have no doubt she would resist any kind of restraint and it would create a traumatic and troubling scenario, for her, for her caretakers and for the other residents,” Judge Hayden said in a ruling.
“While much of her cognitive function may have disappeared, her autonomy and her own sense of it continues to do so.”
The judge, who is based in London and who also oversees the hearings in the Family Division of the High Court, added: “In my opinion, it is ultimately that which must be respected and is ultimately decisive.”