HEALTH LAW

When Are Vaccine Mandates Appropriate?

Carmel Shachar, JD, MPH and Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, LLB, PhD

Abstract

Vaccine refusal is a serious public health problem, especially in the context of diseases with potential to spark global pandemics, such as Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This article examines whether and when compelling vaccination through mandates and criminalization, for example, are appropriate. It argues that some legal approaches are ethical when they preserve social stability, trust in government, therapeutic research opportunities, or when they diminish disease severity.

READ THIS FULL “AMA JOURNAL OF ETHICS” PAPER HERE > https://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/sites/journalofethics.ama-assn.org/files/2019-12/hlaw1-2001_0.pdf

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