Administrative Liability for Vaccination with an Age-Inappropriate SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine: Latvian Experience

Laura Šāberte, Karina Palkova (Coresponding Author)

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Abstract

The duty of ensuring epidemiological safety, including the duty to ensure vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 to people, is included in the framework of the national constitutional rights. The healthcare institutions providing vaccination and medical practitioners performing vaccination are one of the key assets of the national health care system, to whom the duty in the field of public health and protection of lives that is a part of human rights have been delegated. Violation of the epidemiological safety requirements in the Republic of Latvia, if it may cause a risk to human health, is subject to a fine. In this study, the authors have analysed the administrative offence cases, in which administrative liability has been imposed on medical institutions for performing vaccination with age-inappropriate vaccine, explain separation of administrative liability from criminal liability in such cases, reveal compensation mechanisms in the event of consequences, when inappropriate vaccination has caused harm to persons’ life or health. The results of the research show that no appropriate security measures have been introduced in the medical institutions to prevent or avoid administrative offences in particular cases, as the result medical institutions were subject to first-time application of administrative liability. Besides, there are lack sufficiently secure system for the examination and registration of patients in the medical institutions. The minor patients were unsecured and have been vaccinated with an inappropriate vaccine, because a specific (non appropriate) vaccine has been requested by the minors’ parents or the minors themselves.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Health Law
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Nov 2022

Keywords*

  • administrative liability
  • medical practitioner
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • SARS-CoV-2/immunology
  • patient
  • vaccination

Field of Science*

  • 5.5 Law
  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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