Resolution 2361 of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe urges member States and the EU to:
7.3.1 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;
7.3.2 ensure that no one is discriminated against for not having been vaccinated, due to possible health risks or not wanting to be vaccinated;
However, in reality, the opposite is often happening.
Note also the words about “fair and equitable global allocation” (in 7.2.6). Thus, even if the vaccines are safe, efficient and essential against Covid-19, it is in-efficent to roll out vaccination to non-risk groups before all vulnerable groups in the world have been vaccinated. So why are many countries anyway vaccinating children (believed to be least at risk)? Is it a corrupt system we are seeing? The Council of Europe seems to be aware of the risk, because they also urge member States and the EU to “communicate transparently the contents of contracts with vaccine producers and make them publicly available for parliamentary and public scrutiny” (in 7.3.5).