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Compulsory vaccination against Covid-19

Written question No. 772 to the Committee of Ministers | Doc. 15468 | 07 March 2022

Question from
Ms Martine WONNER, France, ALDE

On 27 January 2021, the Parliamentary Assembly adopted Resolution 2361 (2021) "Covid-19 vaccines: ethical, legal and practical considerations."

This resolution stated, among other things, that European States must "ensure that citizens are informed that the vaccination is not mandatory and that no one is under political, social or other pressure to be vaccinated if they do not wish to do so." States must also ensure that no one is discriminated against for not having been vaccinated, due to possible health risks or not wanting to be vaccinated."

However, since the adoption of this resolution, many member States have adopted precisely such covid-19 vaccination requirements, such as Austria and Greece, or de facto vaccination requirements, such as France, in contradiction with this resolution and the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine: Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (Oviedo Convention).

Ms Wonner

To ask the Committee of Ministers:

What does the Committee of Ministers intend to do to ensure compliance with this resolution and the Oviedo Convention by effectively guaranteeing to all European citizens their right to respect for their physical and moral integrity, in particular free and informed consent for an injection still in the clinical trial phase and subject to a conditional marketing authorisation?