Strong legal basis for making Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory

Courts might override individual rights in context of contagious disease

A volunteer receives  a Covid-19 vaccine during the trial stage of the vaccine produced by Chinese company Sinovac Biotech at the Hospital das Clinicas in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photograph: Sao WPaulo state government/AFP

A volunteer receives a Covid-19 vaccine during the trial stage of the vaccine produced by Chinese company Sinovac Biotech at the Hospital das Clinicas in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photograph: Sao WPaulo state government/AFP

Promising results from Covid-19 vaccine trials emerged last week, while concern grows about the non-attendance by close contacts of coronavirus patients for testing. If a viable Covid-19 vaccine is found, will the Oireachtas legislate for mandatory vaccination?

Mandatory vaccination programmes exist in other European countries but not in Ireland. Rather than constitutional law being a barrier to this type of legislation, it might in fact support it.

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