WHO Does Not Envision COVID-19 Vaccines Being Made Mandatory

The World Health Organization (WHO) does not envision countries to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory, saying that persuading people to undergo vaccination would be more effective, officials said on Dec. 7 in a virtual news conference.

The World Health Organization (WHO) does not envision countries to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory and said that persuading people to undergo vaccination would be more effective, officials said on Dec. 7 in a virtual news conference.

According to WHO, each country would decide on how they would conduct COVID-19 vaccinations campaign, but said that making vaccination mandatory is not the “direction to go.”

“I don’t think that mandates are the direction to go in here, especially for these vaccines. It is a much better position to actually encourage and facilitate the vaccination without those kinds of requirements,” WHO Immunization Department Director Kate O’Brien said.

“We are much better served to present people with the data and the benefits and let people make up their own minds,” WHO Emergencies Director Michael Ryan said, saying that those who work in public health would avoid mandating vaccines as the means to get people to be vaccinated.

However, WHO officials admitted that persuading people to get vaccinated once the vaccines are made available would be a battle to fight.

O’Brien also said that some health professionals in some circumstances may be required or highly recommended to get vaccinated for the safety of the staff and patient.

“There may be some countries or some situations in countries where professional circumstances require it or highly recommend to be vaccinated,” O’Brien said.


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