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European court backs mandatory pre-school jabs

The European Court of Human Rights has supported the Czech Republic’s decisions to make school vaccination jabs mandatory.

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The European Court of Human Rights has supported the Czech Republic’s decisions to make school vaccination jabs mandatory.

The case was brought by the families of the affected children. Few of the children were refused to enter the premises who have not been vaccinated. In the landmark decision, the court held that there is a need to improvise policies to protect public health. Meanwhile, the Czech Republic policies violated the right to private life. Therefore, the EU court has made it mandatory to provide compulsory vaccination jabs to children.

“The… measures could be regarded as being ‘necessary in a democratic society,” the court said, adding: “The objective has to be that every child is protected against serious diseases, through vaccination or under herd immunity.”

Under the Czech rules, parents are legally obliged to vaccinate their children against several childhood diseases unless this is not possible for health reasons. However, the jabs cannot be forcibly given and unvaccinated children cannot be excluded on this basis once they reach primary school age.

The decision about the case was related to the vaccination of mumps and measles. The court also backed the decision on the basis that it will save other children as well. Other parents had been refused pre-school places, while one father was fined for failing to fully vaccinate his children.

Last year, Germany passed a law regarding vaccination that all parents are required to pay a fine of €2,500 ($3,000; £2,160) if they failed to vaccinate children. France and Italy have also changed their vaccine rules following a measles outbreak. Similar laws were made regarding MMR jabs in England back in 2018-19.

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