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Carmel Shachar & Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, When Are Vaccine Mandates Appropriate?, 22 AMA J. Ethics E36 (2020).

Abstract: Vaccine refusal is a serious public health problem, especially in the context of diseases with potential to spark global pandemics, such as Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This article examines whether and when compelling vaccination through mandates and criminalization, for example, are appropriate. It argues that some legal approaches are ethical when they preserve social stability, trust in government, therapeutic research opportunities, or when they diminish disease severity.