Covid-19 Vaccine

On 14 December 2023, the High Court Shah Alam rejected two applications filed by five school teachers and nineteen employees of a university which sought to challenge a government circular from October 2021 rendering COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for their respective professional category.

The plaintiffs argued that the government circular violated their fundamental rights and personal freedom to choose whether or not to undergo COVID-19 vaccination and, in particular, conflicted with Article 5(1) – right to life and personal liberty – Article 8(1) – right to equal protection – and Article 9 (right to freedom of movement) of the Constitution.

The Court, however, noted that the government circular was legitimate and pursued a public health purpose. Therefore, it did not violate the plaintiffs’ fundamental rights and they, as public servants, were bound to abide by it.

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