Ethicists call for ‘soft’ mandatory vaccine policy for healthcare workers

There are currently seven COVID-19 vaccines being administered globally, with demand outstripping supply. In most countries, priority is given to frontline healthcare workers: not only because they face heightened exposure risks, but because they could pass the virus on to their charges.

But not all healthcare workers are willing to be vaccinated, which presents national health systems with a confounding ethical problem – do they make vaccinations mandatory, imposing on the freedoms of their employees? Or do they keep them optional, and put patients’ lives at risk? 

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