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European court upholds mandatory child vaccinations

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has voted 16 to 1 to uphold a decision in the Czech Republic which banned unvaccinated children from attending school.

The court on Thursday found that this decision was legally valid, as its goal was “protective” for other students, as opposed to a “punitive” measure against the unvaccinated.

“The objective has to be that every child is protected against serious diseases, through vaccination or by virtue of herd immunity,” the court said in a statement.

“The Czech health policy could, therefore, be said to be consistent with the best interests of the children who were its focus.”

This ruling could have significant implications for vaccine policy at a Europe-wide level, including in Ireland, as the ECHR generally supersedes Irish courts and Irish law.

Though mandatory vaccinations have been ruled out by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, who said that the jab will not be compulsory for healthcare workers, this has been brought into question recently when student nurses were told by Taoiseach Micheál Martin that they had an “obligation” to receive the vaccine and would not be able to complete their degrees otherwise, for the sake of “collective solidarity” and the “overall good.”

Moreover, Trinity college immunisation Professor Luke O’Neill has said that “if we want to get to herd immunity, we’re going to have to vaccinate the children.”

Professor O’Neill on The Tonight Show with Virgin Media also said that “the Pfizer vaccine causes [blood] clots” in “some people”.

To date, not one individual under 18 has died of covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland, and studies continue to show that the odds of healthy children dying from covid-19 are infinitesimally small.

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