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Preventing vaccine discrimination

Recommendation 2240 (2022)

Parliamentary Assembly
Assembly debate on 14 October 2022 (34th sitting) (see Doc. 15608, report of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, rapporteur: Ms Thórhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir; and Doc. 15625, opinion of the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development, rapporteur: Ms Carmen Leyte). Text adopted by the Assembly on 14 October 2022 (34th sitting).
1. Referring to its Resolution 2468 (2022) “Preventing vaccine discrimination”, the Parliamentary Assembly recommends that the Committee of Ministers:
1.1 establish a list of human rights-compliant and effective practices as regards the use of passes during the Covid-19 pandemic, focusing in particular on the purposes for which they were used, the conditions under which they were issued and the period of their validity;
1.2 reflect on the impact of requirements to use Covid passes, and in particular vaccine passes, on human rights and fundamental freedoms, and consider how best to ensure that such measures do not constitute discriminatory practices in light of Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ETS No. 5);
1.3 exchange information on these issues with other international organisations, such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Union and reflect, in co-operation with them, on the need to establish further common standards on measures to counter the Covid-19 pandemic;
1.4 provide input to the WHO Intergovernmental Negotiating Body tasked with drafting and negotiating a WHO convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response, with the aim of ensuring its compatibility with Council of Europe human rights standards.