Wednesday, April 8, 2015
On Mandatory Government Vaccinations
Still, one's moral rights do not entitle one to put others in an unnecessarily high risk of harm. This is why the blind do not have a right to drive on public roads. The more serious the disease is, the more the government should play a role in mandating vaccinations which are known to be effective and are known to have a small risk of negative side-effects. This is for the common good. The less serious the disease is, the less the government should play a role in mandating vaccinations (though the government still might have an interest in providing evidence for the cost/benefits of these vaccinations).