IMPORTANT NOTE: This information provides a snapshot of the European situation in September 2023. Please note that for more specific and up-to-date information on a single country, it is advisable to contact the local organisations.
In the Czech Republic it is mandatory to be vaccinated against 9 (nine) diseases and they concern children from 0 to 12 years old and are:
- whooping cough
- haemophilus influenzae tybe B
- hepatitis B
The link to information provided by the Government and links to related legislation can be found here: https://www.nzip.cz/clanek/191-ockovani-v-ceske-legislative
There is a mandatory tetanus vaccination with a booster every 15-20 years. But this is only a formal obligation. There are no sanctions in case of refusal.
In the healthcare sector and emergency services (fire brigade, police, army, etc.), vaccination against tetanus and hepatitis B is mandatory. Failure to vaccinate may result in the loss of the right to health. Failure to carry out these vaccinations may result in termination of the employment contract.
Failure to vaccinate has these consequences:
- Risk of a fine of up to 10.000 Czech crowns for each parent (in case of a random check of the child's medical records at the pediatrician by the "KHS", the state institution dealing with public health).
- Inability to have their children attend nurseries and nursery schools managed by the State or that receive subsidies from public sources (however, there are some private institutions that accept unvaccinated children, but they are few, rather expensive and not available everywhere).
- Inability to have your child participate in summer camps, sports training camps and similar events, provided they are longer than 5 days or are organized for more than 29 children. These camps are very popular among school children, who find the ban on their peers from participating quite discriminatory.
According to the new education law, compulsory schooling can be fulfilled in the form of individual/home education, which takes place without the pupil regularly attending formal lessons. Individual schooling permission is granted by the director of the school in which the pupil was enrolled, based on a written request from the pupil's legal representative. Today, children can be educated at home for the entire time of "primary school" - 9 classes from the age of 6-7 years up to 15-16 years.
Students who attend school at home have the same rights as other students regarding the use of teaching aids and can participate in school events. The course of his individual education depends on the agreement with the school officials, provided that the legal conditions are respected. The school offers methodological assistance to parents (development of the study plan and choice of textbooks), organizes meetings with parents, keeps student records and invites them twice a year for tests.
For more information visit the websiteHSLDA.
For more information visit the websiteEcdc.
Recognition and compensation for vaccine injuries
There is a law that should compensate those injured by vaccines, but so far it has never been applied (September 2023).
You can find the link to the law here: https://www.zakonyprolidi.cz/cs/2020-116
Officially all vaccines are considered absolutely safe, vaccine injuries are very rarely recorded in patient records, despite doctors occasionally admitting this unofficially.
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