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Why suggesting mandatory Covid vaccines is an ethical minefield | Melinda Mills

It’s not only the UK’s public sector that is mulling compulsory jabs. Often the carrot can be more powerful than the stick

Last week we learned of a government consultation expected to announce mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for care home staff, and possibly NHS staff too. This sparked debate as to the ethics and legality of such a move, not to mention the strain it could put on an already beleaguered workforce. A number of stakeholders opposed the move, from NHS providers to the British Medical Association. But it is not just the healthcare sector that is weighing up such considerations: a recent survey in the US and UK found that 9 in 10 employers will encourage or require vaccination and 60% plan to make them mandatory.

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