European court backs Czech Republic's requirement to vaccinate children

The ECHR said it found no violation of the European Convention on Human Rights. "The Court found that the measures complained of by the applicants, when assessed in the national context, had struck a fair balance with the aims pursued by the Czech State, i.e. protection against diseases representing a serious risk for one’s health," the ECHR said.

Reuters | Prague | Updated: 08-04-2021 18:31 IST | Created: 08-04-2021 18:31 IST
European court backs Czech Republic's requirement to vaccinate children

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) accepts the Czech Republic's position on mandatory vaccinations for children, it said in a landmark ruling on Thursday that rebuffed parents' complaints that the government violated their rights. The decision concerns complaints filed before the COVID-19 pandemic, but could come into play again if the issue of vaccinating children against that disease becomes a matter for debate.

The case was lodged by Czech families who had children refused admission to pre-school or had been fined for refusing to vaccinate their children, in some instances dating back to 2003. The ECHR said it found no violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.

"The Court found that the measures complained of by the applicants, when assessed in the national context, had struck a fair balance with the aims pursued by the Czech State, i.e. protection against diseases representing a serious risk for one’s health," the ECHR said. Under Czech law, unless medically exempted, children must be vaccinated against nine generally known diseases, like poliomyelitis, hepatitis B or tetanus.

The court said the Czech policy "pursued the legitimate aims of protecting health as well as the rights of others, noting that vaccination protects both those who receive it and also those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons" and who are reliant on herd immunity. "The Czech health policy could therefore be said to be consistent with the best interests of the children who were its focus," it added.

The court said the fine in the original applicant's case was not excessive. It also said that refusal of admission to pre-school was a "preventive rather than a punitive measure".

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Blockchain in Healthcare: Opportunities and challenges

The use of blockchain in healthcare is a relatively new innovation with many of its uses still being explored and related technologies being developed, improved, and scaled. ...

Debate surrounding vaccine passports and development misses bigger picture

... ...

Blockchain vs IOTA: Looking for a better alternative

... ...

For stability, Iraq needs to crack down on corruption

... ...

Videos

Latest News

J-K: Newly recruited Al-Badr terrorist surrenders during Shopian encounter

One newly recruited terrorist surrendered during an encounter that broke out between terrorists and security forces at the Kanigam area of Shopian district of South Kashmir on Thursday morning. According to the Kashmir Zone Police, the recr...

Karnataka HC tells Centre to increase daily oxygen supply of state

The Karnataka High Court has directed the Centre to immediately increase the cap on allocation of liquid medical oxygen LMO to the state of Karnataka to 1200 MT per day amid the COVID-19 crisis. We direct the Government of India to increase...

Brazil's Bolsonaro says United States will soon send vaccines to Brazil

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday that U.S. President Joe Biden will soon send doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to the South American country, which has recorded the worlds second-deadliest coronavirus outbreak.The ...

PRESS DIGEST-Financial Times - May 6

The following are the top stories in the Financial Times. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. Headlines- UK dispatches navy vessels to Jersey as fishing row with France intensifies httpson.ft.com3xK...

Give Feedback