Crown Princess Mette-Marit Advocates for Childhood Vaccines
The Crown Princess of Norway today spoke at a medical student conference arranged in connection with the 9th Global Health and Vaccination Research Conference (GLOBVAC) being held in Oslo this week, focusing this year on reproductive health.
During her speech, Mette-Marit discussed the importance of young people today making their voices heard so that governing bodies around the world can create concrete recommendations to “provide young people with the tools to make the best decisions for their bodies, and commit to targets, finance and implementation of comprehensive sexuality education.”
The comments which have received the most media coverage, however, were the Princess’s comments on vaccinations, due to recent debate in Norway over the proposal of implementing mandatory vaccinations for children.
“Vaccinations are one of the main instruments we have to fight child mortality,” she said, adding that “it is clear it is incredibly important that children are vaccinated and that parents choose, not just from their own perspective but from a solidarity perspective, to vaccinate.”
She also confirmed to NRK that her three children – Marius Borg Hoiby, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus – had all been vaccinated.