As more Covid vaccines are rolled out in the U.S. and abroad, the question as to whether they will become mandatory has been circulating. Already, Australian airline company Qantas announced that they will require all international passengers to provide evidence that they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 before traveling. Both Russia and China have already been administering Covid vaccines to their nation’s citizens, and the United Kingdom was the first Western nation to approve a Covid vaccine. The UK will soon begin inoculating different sectors of their population, as well. It is said that the U.S. is not far behind, with the Food and Drug Administration currently reviewing multiple vaccine candidates.
The Left is generally supportive of a mandatory vaccine. The New York State Bar Association issued a statement in November expressing their support of this viewpoint. New York Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, a Democrat, recently introduced a bill which would mandate a Covid vaccination. Health expert Joanne Rosen, a senior lecturer in Health Policy and Management and the Center for Law and the Public’s Health, argued: “The rights of the individual may at times, under the pressure of great dangers, be subjected to such restraint to be enforced by reasonable regulations as the safety of the general public may demand.”
“It’s inevitable that you’re going to see immunity passports or that you’re required to show a certificate on the train, airplane, bus or subway. Probably also to enter certain hospitals, probably to enter certain restaurants and government facilities.”Arthur Caplan, New York University School of Medicine Director of the Division of Medical Ethics
However, Caplan added that rather than the government doing so, it is “much more likely that a private organization or company will require you to be vaccinated to get certain access to places.” Joe Biden, in a statement made Friday, said he would not make a Covid vaccine mandatory. However, he stated that he would do “everything within his power” to encourage people to “do the right thing” and get vaccinated.
The Right generally disapproves of a mandatory vaccine or similar government mandates. In a recent survey, the majority of New York City Fire Department members came out in support of this stance, saying they would not receive the vaccine should it become available. The Fire Department said it would not require members to do so. Laura Perrins, co-Editor of The Conservative Woman, tweeted, “There are A LOT of people out there who think -taking the knee should be mandatory -wearing masks should be mandatory -having a vaccine should be mandatory. These people are fascists.” In response to a post discussing the new mandatory vaccination bill introduced by Rosenthal, investigative journalist Jordan Schachtel wrote, “I was told this weekend that even discussing the idea of mandatory vaccination was a paranoid conspiracy theory.”
“Joe Biden says the Covid vaccine will not be mandatory in the US. But we know the plan…Your ability to participate in society will be extremely limited unless you comply. This is known as coercion. The practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats.”Spiro Skouras, Investigative Journalist