The vaccination obligation is not an abuse, on the contrary: it is a necessity in democratic societies. This was established by the European Court of Human Rights, with the sentence that closed the appeal presented by some families in the Czech Republic against the obligation to vaccinate their children, imposed by the state. In one case, the parents received a fine, while, in many others, they were unable to send their children to kindergarten. According to the families who filed the appeal, it is one disrespect for privacy.
According to the judges of the European Court, the state has prosecuted “thelegitimate goal of protecting health“. In all decisions relating to children, “their interest must be of paramount importance.”
The vaccination obligation concerns preparations administered against childhood diseases, such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella. Ultimately, the Court held that the Czech vaccination policy was’consistent with the best interests of children, which was his goal “.
Families were prevented from sending their children to kindergarten, but admission to primary school was not prohibited: according to the judges it was “a preventive measure rather than punitive ». The obligation to administer vaccines, it is written in the sentence, can be considered “necessary in a democratic society”. Of the 17 judges appointed to examine the case, one expressed an opinion that was partly in agreement and partly dissenting with the others, while another – only one – expressed his dissent.