As COVID vaccines become more available around the world, and communities open up more and more, many are debating: should vaccination be a choice?
What about health care workers like doctors, nurses, and personal support workers? Should they be able to work without being vaccinated? 🩺
Here are some factors to consider when making up your mind.
The core of this debate is the tension between individual rights and collective good. 😬
I should be able to choose if I want to get vaccinated or not and still do my job.
➡️ This side would be against mandatory vaccines
Reducing the risk of the virus spreading and mutating is more important than your individual choice.
➡️ This side would be in favour of mandatory vaccines
Have Governments Done Things Like This Before?
Greece, Italy, and France have already made the COVID vaccine mandatory for health care workers. 🇬🇷 🇮🇹 🇫🇷
Many places, including all 50 American states have some mandatory vaccines for children who attend school, like measles.
Other Arguments For And Against
Supporters might say:
Many jobs have occupational requirements (things that are essential to do a job). Vaccinations are a reasonable job requirement for healthcare workers.
A decision to not get vaccinated increases risk to everyone in their community.
Mandatory vaccinations are legally important. There is a legal risk if a patient gets COVID from an unvaccinated healthcare worker.
Critics might say:
Forcing vaccination can make people who are vaccine hesitant even more suspicious of governments and institutions.
Even when other vaccines have been made mandatory, there needs to be room for exemptions for medical, personal, philosophical, or religious reasons.
Healthcare workers who do not want the vaccine can wear personal protective equipment to ensure patient safety.
Get Talking 🗣
Not sure how to start a conversation about this with your friends? Try using these prompts to get started...
Have you heard that France is making the COVID vaccine mandatory for frontline healthcare workers. What do you think about that? Do you think we should do that here?
To understand their view, ask neutral, open-ended questions like:
That's interesting. What led you to that conclusion?
I'd never thought of it that way. Can you tell me more?
What do you think? Would you want the COVID vaccine to be mandatory for healthcare workers where you live? 🤔