Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines

February 9, 2021, Vol 325, No. 6, Pages 507-596


Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines
Lawrence O. Gostin, JD; Daniel A. Salmon, MPH, PhD; Heidi J. Larson, PhD
free access has active quiz has audio
JAMA. 2021;325(6):532-533. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.26553
This Viewpoint discusses whether US states, businesses, health care facilities, and schools and universities can mandate vaccination against coronavirus as a condition of employment or service.
…Mandating COVID-19 vaccines under an EUA is legally and ethically problematic. The act authorizing the FDA to issue EUAs requires the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to specify whether individuals may refuse the vaccine and the consequences for refusal. Vaccine mandates are unjustified because an EUA requires less safety and efficacy data than full Biologics License Application (BLA) approval. Individuals would also likely distrust vaccine mandates under emergency use, viewing it as ongoing medical research…

Conversations with Dr Bauchner: Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines—Ethical and Legal Considerations