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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

European Court of Justice: Opens the Way for Obligatory Vaccination?

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The article is available in Greek here.

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that compulsory vaccination is legal, does not violate human rights and may be necessary in democratic societies.

The decision of the ECHR came after a complaint from Czech parents who asked if the vaccination of children should be mandatory. The case does not concern the pandemic, as the parents appealed, reacting to the legislation of their country, which obliges the children to be vaccinated in order to be admitted to the school. However, it can play an important role in tackling the current health crisis, with experts estimating that it may also have consequences for the Covid-19 vaccination, especially for those who refuse to participate in the procedure.

The Court states in its judgment that:

“such measures may be considered ‘necessary in a democratic society'”.

According to Nicolas Ervier, a legal expert at the ECHR, who spoke to AFP, the decision “increases the likelihood that vaccination against Covid-19 will become obligatory in the current conditions of the pandemic”.

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The decision to vaccinate children states that obligation is in line with the effort to safeguard the interests of children.

“The aim is to ensure that all children are protected against serious diseases through vaccination, achieving herd immunity”, therefore, the Czech government’s decision on compulsory vaccination does not violate Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Under Czech law, children must be vaccinated against diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B and measles, but not with experimental vaccines

At a time when many countries across Europe are facing pandemic misinformation problems from mainstream media and the Infectious Disease “Specialists” of the gonernments, leading many citizens to refuse vaccination, this decision is seen as setting a legal precedent that can be used by governments to “promote” or more precisely to “enforce”, their coronavirus vaccination campaigns.

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