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European Court of Human Rights rules countries can require childhood vaccinations

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 4/9/2021 Haley Victory Smith
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The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that European countries can require early childhood vaccinations.

Although the case specifically focused on childhood vaccinations and was brought to the court before the coronavirus pandemic, the 16-1 ruling could have wider implications on the ability of nations to get enough of their populations vaccinated to get the virus under control.

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The court argued that the measures could be seen as "necessary to a democratic society," adding: "The objective has to be that every child is protected against serious diseases, through vaccination or by virtue of herd immunity."

The case was brought prior to the coronavirus pandemic by Czech families that were either fined or denied entrance to certain preschools or day care facilities for not having their children vaccinated. The court said that while the vaccine requirement did create a burden for families, the Czech Republic government's interest in having children vaccinated superseded that burden.

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Other countries in Europe have taken similar actions to require vaccinations for children, and in the United States, all 50 states have individual laws requiring certain vaccinations for school children, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. It remains to be seen whether children in the U.S. will be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine as they become more widely available.

Tags: News, Coronavirus, Vaccination, Europe, Czech Republic

Original Author: Haley Victory Smith

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