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Imposing A Covid Vaccine Mandate Would Be Admitting Failure - Professor

Tom Douglas
Tom Douglas

01:26 10 Jan 2022

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A health expert says making vaccines mandatory would be an admission of failure.

It comes as the government considers the legal and ethical aspects of the move.

Firstly, Liam Herrick from the Irish Council for Civil Liberties on why he thinks mandatory vaccines aren’t needed.

“If you're at 95% of the adult population, you know, no country reaches higher than that. “

“Very often, countries that have mandatory vaccination policies have far lower take up. “

“You could get to a tipping point of being counterproductive. “

A man leaves after receiving his COVID-19 vaccine booster at the University College Dublin campus clinic.

NPHET Considers

NPHET is considering if the jab should be required.

Unvaccinated people are consistently over-represented in hospitals.

Immunology expert Liam Fanning says it’s worth discussing.

He says the health service already uses mandatory vaccines in some areas.

“We do have a form of mandatory vaccinations for hepatitis C in the health care setting, where individuals to take care of patient facing need to have hepatitis B, you know, as a vaccine preventable infection. “

“So it's not correct to say that we don't have some form on this.”

However, DCU professor of health systems Anthony Staines is against the move.

“The burden of requiring people to be vaccinated, it’s really quite considerable.”

Continuing, he says “it seems, almost an admission that you failed to persuade people of the merits of your case.”

Meanwhile, the Department of Health is now preparing research on the issue. 

However, senior figures such as Taoiseach Michael Martin and HSE boss Paul Reid have previously said they are not in favour.

So that is because the nation already has an extremely high uptake rate.

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