The European Court of Human Rights, seized by parents of children refused by nursery schools for lack of vaccination in the Czech Republic, considered that compulsory vaccination was “necessary in a democratic society”.
In a judgment rendered by its supreme formation on April 8, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) considered that compulsory vaccination was “necessary in a democratic society”. The institution had previously been contacted by parents of children refused by nursery schools for lack of vaccination in the Czech Republic.
In its judgment, the ECHR considers that the compulsory vaccination of children in the Czech Republic against nine diseases (diphtheria, tetanus, polio, etc.) does not constitute a violation of the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights on “ right to respect for private life ”.
“The immunization policy pursues the legitimate objectives of protecting the health and the rights of others, in that it protects both those who receive the vaccines in question and those who cannot be vaccinated for certain reasons. medical “, underlined the Court.
As reported by AFP, the institution declared that those who were not vaccinated were “dependent on collective immunity to protect themselves against the serious contagious diseases in question”. “[La République tchèque] therefore enjoys a wide margin of appreciation in this context, “continued the Grand Chamber of the court, whose decisions cannot be appealed, considering that” the best interests of the children must prevail. in all decisions that concern them ”.
In the present case, if “the non-admission of the applicant children to kindergarten [a] involved for them the loss of a crucial opportunity to develop their personality […] it was a preventive measure rather than punitive whose effects were limited in time ”, ruled the ECHR.
For its part, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently criticized the “unacceptable” slowness of vaccination against Covid-19 in Europe, faced with the “most worrying” epidemic situation for “months”. “The slow pace of vaccination prolongs the pandemic,” lamented on April 1 the European branch of the UN organization, stressing that the number of new cases in Europe has risen sharply over the past five weeks.