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dc.contributor.authorWilliamson, Laura
dc.date.accessioned2022-03-11T17:58:22Z
dc.date.available2022-03-11T17:58:22Z
dc.date.issued2021-04-23
dc.identifier.issn1477-7509
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/14777509211011422
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/624266
dc.description.abstractHealth ethics can justify the use of vaccination mandates. However, policies that pressurize parents to vaccinate their children can undermine traditional clinical ethics standards (e.g. autonomy and informed consent). The aim of this paper is to argue that the ethical impact of vaccination mandates can only be determined in the context of the clinical encounter. Public debate on the topic tends to be general in nature and, as a result, issues that require clarification to help sustain the trust of service users are underexamined. In addition, ethical debates are hampered by a toxic dichotomy in the public sphere between those (anti-vaccinators) who claim a move away from parental choice is necessarily a serious ethical violation; and others (often health scientists) who neglect serious consideration of ethical issues. This predicament permits flawed ethical claims to be made, and to remain unchallenged. Despite this, ethical concerns – including those relating to trust and individual freedom – are fundamental to sustaining confidence in vaccination. This has recently been highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic which made accessing childhood vaccinations harder, leading to a further decline in uptake. The pandemic has also revealed the strength of public feeling towards infection control measures that restrict peoples’ freedoms. In this paper I argue that to minimize the ethical disruption associated with the use of vaccination mandates, it is essential to focus more attention on their impact in the clinic and to accurately identify the drivers of such tensions.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen_US
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
dc.subjectPhilosophyen_US
dc.subjectIssues, ethics and legal aspectsen_US
dc.subjectMedicine (miscellaneous)en_US
dc.subjectVaccination, informed consent, clinical ethics, public health, Covid-19en_US
dc.titleThe ethical impact of mandating childhood vaccination: The importance of the clinical encounteren_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.eissn1758-101X
dc.contributor.departmentInstitute of Public & Preventive Healthen_US
dc.identifier.journalPublic Policy and Lawen_US
dc.identifier.pii10.1177/14777509211011422
dc.source.journaltitleClinical Ethics
dc.source.volume16
dc.source.issue4
dc.source.beginpage271
dc.source.endpage277
refterms.dateFOA2022-03-11T17:58:22Z


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