Decision by ECtHR on the application of two families against vaccination

‘Vaccination’ decision from the ECtHR

'Vaccination' decision from the ECtHR

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the vaccine, which is mandatory for children for certain diseases in democratic societies, is “necessary”.

The ECtHR announced its decision regarding the appeal filed by two Czech families in 2013 and 2014, who did not have their children given certain mandatory vaccinations and were punished for this reason.

In the decision, which stated that the necessity to vaccinate children against 9 diseases in Czechia does not violate the article on the right to respect for private life of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), it was stated that if children are not vaccinated without valid reason, their parents may be fined and children who are not vaccinated cannot go to kindergartens.

In the decision, it was noted that the penalty imposed on one of the families by the Czech Republic on the grounds that they did not have their children vaccinated was not “excessive”, and that the other child was not admitted to the kindergarten was a preventive measure, not a penalty.

The court ruled that the vaccine required to children for certain diseases in “democratic societies” was “necessary”.

ECHR private lawyer Nicolas Hervieu commented, “This decision confirms the possibility of mandatory vaccination under certain conditions in the current (new type of corona virus) Covid-19 outbreak.”

In the Czech Republic, in 2003, a family was fined for refusing to give some vaccinations to their 2 children, aged 13 and 14, although legally required. The child was not admitted to kindergarten after another family refused to have some vaccinations for their child in 2006.

Both families objected to the decisions in the courts, but their objections were not accepted. The families then applied to the ECHR in 2013 and 2014.

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