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Czech Republic's Constitutional Court undermines mandatory vaccination regime

Under Czech law, anyone failing to vaccinate their child risks a fine of up to 10,000 Crowns (370 Euros, or 280 Pounds Sterling).

However, on Wednesday 20th January, Constitutional Court Judge Ludvik Daniel ruled that not only religious beliefs, but ‘freedom of conscience in the broadest sense can be a reason for parents to refuse the mandatory inoculation of their children’.

He stressed however that ‘simple doubt about the usefulness of vaccination’ was not a sufficient reason to refuse vaccination for a child. Instead, the ‘strength of the parent’s belief, as well as the constitutional dimension and urgency of the reasons and the social impact’ of a refusal must be all be considered.

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