High Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet has been clear and forceful speaking on behalf of the organization: it is not acceptable to force vaccination.
“Under no circumstances should people be forcibly vaccinated”. She considers, however, that there could be a situation where a person, who does not want to be vaccinated, would have to pay an administrative penalty, a fine.
Bachelet, as reported by France24, warned that important rights considerations must be taken into account before making vaccination mandatory: “It must comply with the principles of legality, necessity, proportionality and non-discrimination”. The High Commissioner pointed out that the objectives pursued by countries considering making vaccination mandatory to fight the pandemic “were of course of the highest level of legitimacy and importance”. But she wanted to insist on the fact that “mandatory vaccination should only be used when necessary to achieve compelling public health objectives.” “And only when less intrusive measures, such as wearing a mask and social distance fail to meet these objectives.”UN warns that compulsory vaccination is a violation of human rights – El colectivo de Uno / The Collective of One