Fact Check: NO Mandatory Vaccination In Romania - Parents Will NOT Lose Rights If They Don't Comply

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Fact Check: NO Mandatory Vaccination In Romania - Parents Will NOT Lose Rights If They Don't Comply No Forced Vax

Is vaccination mandatory in Romania for children and adults and will parents failing to comply with the children's vaccination plan lose their rights over their children? No, that's not true: vaccination is not mandatory in Romania, only recommended, and there are no repercussions for parents who refuse to vaccinate their children: the topic was discussed in 2021 as part of an amendment to a law regulating vaccinations, but it was never passed.

The claim originated from a video published by TikTok user @aurelianr0 (archived here) on May 17, 2023, with the following caption (translated from Romanian to English by Lead Stories staff):

May, 15, 2023: Gabriela Firea said there should be a law enforcing compulsory vaccination.

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Fri May 19 08:16:44 2023 UTC)

The video claims that Gabriela Firea, Romania's Minister for Family, Youth, and Equal Opportunities, said during a TV appearance on Realitatea Plus on May, 15, 2023, that she wants a law making vaccination mandatory. This is not true: Firea never said that in the TV interview.

Firea was merely reporting the words of Nelu Tฤƒtaru, the former Minister of Health who gave a TV interview in April 2021, when the debate on introducing mandatory vaccinations for children had revived. Firea did not say that she supports mandatory vaccination, she was just explaining the political and legislative process that would have to be followed in order to make it mandatory, first requiring a new plan to be presented by the Health Ministry, then a law, which would have to be passed.

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2021, the law on vaccinations was sent back to the Health and Family Commission in the Chamber of Deputies to evaluate the possible introduction of mandatory vaccinations. That would have been only for those diseases that usually children are immunized against - such as chickenpox or measles. There was no mention of introducing mandatory vaccines for adults, or against Covid-19, which was a new vaccine back then. The discussion was limited to well-known childhood diseases, many of which have been eradicated through vaccines for several years now.

The mandatory vaccination draft law has been the subject of intense debate since 2017 when it was voted by the Senate but was not passed by the Chamber of Deputies. Since the bill's inception, there have been many protests against it. To the present day, vaccination for children - and adults - in Romania is only recommended, not mandatory.

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