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Vaccination, risks, and freedom: the seat belt analogy

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We argue that, from the point of view public health ethics, vaccination is significantly analogous to seat belt use in motor vehicles and that coercive vaccination policies are ethically justified for the same reasons why coercive seat belt laws are ethically justified. We start by taking seriously the small risk of vaccines’ side effects and the fact that such risks might need to be coercively imposed on individuals. If millions of individuals are vaccinated, even a very small risk of seriou...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1093/phe/phz014

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University of Oxford
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HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Wellcome Trust
Grant:
203132/Z/16/Z
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Journal:
Public Health Ethics More from this journal
Volume:
12
Issue:
3
Pages:
237–249
Publication date:
2019-10-22
Acceptance date:
2019-09-10
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EISSN:
1754-9981
ISSN:
1754-9973
Language:
English
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pubs:1053200
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uuid:8ecaa999-de92-4745-83f0-10b9dfcac52c
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1053200
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2019-09-12

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