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Grand Chamber judgment concerning the Czech Republic


In the case of Vavřička and Others v. the Czech Republic concerning mandatory infant vaccination, the Court found no violation of the Convention.

In the Czech Republic there is a general legal obligation to vaccinate children against nine well-known diseases. Parents who do not comply with this obligation, without good reason, may be fined, and children who have not been vaccinated are not admitted to nursery schools.

In this case, some of the applicants had been refused admission to nursery school, while others had been fined for refusing to vaccinate their children.

The Court found that the measures complained of by the applicants, when assessed in the national context, had struck a fair balance with the aims pursued by the Czech State, i.e. protection against diseases representing a serious risk for one’s health.

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The French authorities have introduced a number of restrictions in the framework of the COVID-19 public-health crisis. The Court, while complying with the public-health measures adopted by our host State, in particular by prioritising teleworking and electronic communications, is continuing all its activities in accordance with the usual rules. Unlike during the previous lockdown periods, no special arrangements have been made in respect of procedures and time-limits. 

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