Swiss National Ethics Commission Finds Mandatory Covid Vaccination Unjustified
Even in an indirect form, compulsory vaccination against Covid-19 has been rejected by an independent commission of Swiss experts on the grounds that it violates the principle of freedom of choice and is not justified.
A position that may echo the French health pass: in Switzerland, the National Commission of Ethics in the field of human medicine (CEN) considered in a note on August 26 that the mandatory vaccination, even indirect, undermined the principle of freedom of choice and could not be justified, reports Le Temps.
The risk of a two-tier system
This independent commission of experts, established in 2001 by the federal government, justified its point of view by the fact that freedom includes the right to expose oneself to the risks of infection, says the French-language daily. The authority adds that non-vaccination is not necessarily done “willingly and with full knowledge of the facts”, and that this step “depends on social conditions”. In short, it believes that access to certain public places on condition of being vaccinated risks establishing a two-tier system that will harm citizens from the working classes.
The commission also points to a lack of access to information on vaccines, as well as the “material impossibility” of getting vaccinated for certain groups of the population. As a result, the NEC believes that increasing vaccination coverage should be done through measures other than compulsory or forced health pass-type incentives, for example through “proactive and appropriate information and easy access for educationally disadvantaged population groups”.
In the face of the fourth wave of coronavirus, the situation in Swiss hospitals remains under control for the time being, declared Health Minister Alain Berset on August 25, following a government meeting which decided to charge for the tests required to obtain the Covid certificate as of October 1. To date, 56% of the population has received at least one dose of vaccine, compared to 63% in the European Union, according to Bern.
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