Jan. 6, 2022
-- There is an undeniably ugly undercurrent to some hostility towards the unvaccinated, who are disproportionately likely to be poor, marginalised from society, and have different exemptions. Regardless of vaccinated status nobody should feel hostility towards their decision of getting vaccinated or not. This leads to asking… why the hostility?Vaccine Mandates: High-Income Countries
Vaccine mandates are common in high-income countries. There also tends to be a link to the style of government, where the more authoritarian the government, the more power hungry they become and the more likely the country is to have vaccination mandates. This may not be surprising, because it's easier for this style of government to impose new rules, including those in the public interest (https://medicine.sbs/
in case of pro-vaccine. Over the years there have been various vaccine mandates:
- The Vaccination Act 1853 made it compulsory for all children born after 1 August 1853 to be vaccinated against smallpox during their first 3 months of life. Parents who failed to get their children vaccinated would be subject to a fine. Compulsory smallpox vaccination ended in the UK in 1947, amidst a broader trend toward optional vaccination (for example against diphtheria) with a focus on education and persuasion.
- In Italy, in 2017 vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliovirus, Haemophilus influenzae type b, measles, mumps, rubella and varicella became compulsory in childhood.
- The State of Rhode Island requires child care workers to not only be immunized against several common childhood diseases, but to get an annual flu shot, too.
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