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Where to mandate jabs and why public interest overrides the ...


Where to mandate jabs and why public interest overrides the individual

There are a number of areas in which they could be mandated, but there will have to be exceptions

Keymanthri Moodley

The debate (https://theconversation.com/why-covid-19-vaccines-should-be-mandatory-in-south-africa-165682) about mandatory vaccines has reached fever pitch as efforts to contain Covid-19 accelerate (https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2021-02-07-the-government-could-and-should-compel-vaccinations-in-south-africa-for-the-greater-good/).

Compelling scientific, ethical (https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-09-15-the-law-and-the-greater-good-why-i-support-a-covid-19-vaccine-requirement-at-uct-part-two/) and legal (https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-11-10-mandatory-vaccine-policies-will-survive-a-constitutional-challenge-legal-expert-halton-cheadle/) arguments have been advanced around whether people should be forced to be vaccinated. Some countries have already introduced mandates which require people to produce proof of vaccination to access certain public places.

The debates are based on a realistic fear about the continuing emergence of new variants against the backdrop of large numbers of unvaccinated people — in high-, low- and middle-income countries. ..

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