While persuasion is the preferred approach, the aim at the end of the day is to get as many people as possible vaccinated. It may not take long for the government to impose restrictions on the unvaccinated.
The push for more mandates has intensified recently, however, as vaccination rates in many places plateau. Full regulatory approval of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine in the US is expected to trigger a cascade of mandates in that country, the French government has sought to make vaccination virtually unavoidable this summer with rules and mandates, the UAE requires it for students returning to classrooms, and companies including Google have started compelling employees to get jabbed before coming to the office.
A nationwide protest against vaccine mandates and other rules in France drew nearly 240,000 people earlier this month, businesses have sued to overturn New York City’s vaccine mandate for public places like restaurants, and a debunked video purporting to show Australian police forcing vaccinations on people has circulated on social media. Many people believe that the COVID-19 vaccine mandates are human rights violations, however there is also the more fundamental right of everyone to be protected from COVID-19. It still depends on the government about when to conduct vaccine mandates and how to put people’s concerns into reasoned perspective.
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