Equity and vaccine mandates

The major ethical argument against vaccine mandates was equity.

Since ethnic minorities and people of lower-income found it more difficult to access vaccines earlier on, it would have been unfair to impose penalties on them.

That’s no longer the case, with walk-up vaccination sites located every few miles and open until late across the United States.

Technology poses another challenge for vaccination passes, according to I. Glenn Cohen, a Harvard law professor specializing in bioethics and law.

Cohen said, “All of our data [is] collected on these little paper cards, and that makes tracking much more difficult.”

Experts agree certain exemptions should be included — for example for people with a history of anaphylactic shock to vaccine ingredients, or who recently had myocarditis.

And full regulatory approval for the vaccines, currently authorized for emergency use, would go a long way to assuaging people’s doubts.

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