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2021 Jul 30

AJOB Empir Bioeth

Deliberation on Childhood Vaccination in Canada: Public Input on Ethical Trade-Offs in Vaccination Policy.


O'Doherty KC, Crann S, Bucci L M, Burgess MM, Chauhan A, Goldenberg MJ, McMurtry MC, White J, Willison DJ
AJOB Empir Bioeth. 2021 Jul 30:1-13.
PMID: 34328070.


Policy decisions about childhood vaccination require consideration of multiple, sometimes conflicting, public health and ethical imperatives. Examples of these decisions are whether vaccination should be mandatory and, if so, whether to allow for non-medical exemptions. In this article we argue that these policy decisions go beyond typical public health mandates and therefore require democratic input.