Op-Ed: “It’s about proportionality! Strasbourg clarifies human rights standards for compulsory vaccination programmes” by Dolores Utrilla
Today, at a time like no other - with vaccination appearing as the only way to overcome the coronavirus pandemic, and vaccine hesitancy on the rise following a number of blood clot deaths linked to AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine -, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has rendered its much-awaited judgment in Vavřička and Others v. the Czech Republic (applications nos. 47621/13, 3867/14, 73094/14, 19306/15, 19298/15, and 43883/15).
This is a high-profile ruling confirming the compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) of Czech rules imposing a general duty to vaccinate children against several well-known diseases according to a statutorily defined schedule and setting negative consequences for childre