A proposed new law to make vaccines compulsory adults in the event of a disease outbreak has been voted down by Uganda’s parliament.
Uganda’s health ministry said the proposed legislation was meant to counter deadly emerging threats to public health such as hemorrhagic fevers or novel viruses like COVID-19. Violators would have faced a maximum of $1,045 in fines or six-months in jail.
Ugandan MPs raised concerns individual right to choose, and questioned who would be liable for vaccine side-effects.
Routine vaccinations of children against common communicable diseases remains mandatory, but in the cases of the new emerging diseases, parental permission is required.
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