The European Court on Human Rights ruled that mandatory Vaccination is legal.
The ruling is in response to a group of Czech families refusing to get their children vaccinated against a variety of diseases.
The court ruled that the compulsory jabs were in the best interests of the children and that mandatory vaccination “could be regarded as being ‘necessary in a democratic society.” While this ruling is not related to covid it may have an impact in the future on mandatory Covid-19 vaccination.
European countries can legally require childhood vaccinations, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday. The decision covers preschool vaccinations for children, but it could also have an impact on the EU’s battle to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
Compulsory vaccines can be seen as “necessary in a democratic society,” the Strasbourg-based court said in its ruling, which came on a 16-1 vote.
A Czech man had challenged his country’s vaccine requirement for young children, after being fined for refusing to have his son and daughter vaccinated against tetanus, hepatitis B and polio. The plaintiff, Pavel Vavricka, said the law infringed on his family’s right to a private life. Five other families filed similar suits after their children were denied admission to preschools or nurseries.
The human rights court agreed that vaccine obligations place a burden on an individual, but it added that the societal benefits outweigh that burden.
Many objects to mandatory vaccination on the grounds of principle as well as legitimate concern over the lack of liability for vaccine manufatuers. The idea of mandatory vaccination has also raised 1st amendment concerns in the United States as some faiths have objections to vaccination.