Drlee wrote:Yes. And this is why we need mandatory vaccinations. I agree with your methods of enforcing them. Denying their children school attendance and allowing employers do bar from the marketplace anyone not vaccinated would be a good start.
Perhaps is semantics the mandatory vs not.
In principle as a general rule, I don't like public rights to obliterate individual rights. In practice, the well being of the individual and public can clash at times.
I don't know what a mandatory system would be, would you have a nurse chase you and inject you, retraining you and/or sedating you if necessary? Would you have to opportunity to refuse but then go to jail for refusing to do so? You know it can get murky and then there is the issue of resentment, hate, psychological damage (not because the vaccine can cause autism or any other neuropsychiatric disease, it is stupid but nowadays it seems you have to clarify even the stupid things
) but being forced to do something can have lasting resentment/psychosocial effects.
I do think that belonging to the larger society, imbues you with certain duties such as doing your best to protect those against you (i.e. drive under the speed limit, getting your vaccinations, not shooting your stupid gun in the air, etc). But the proper enforcement of these is a bit less certain. We don't put people in jail for their first offense going over the speed limit a few miles an hour. Cars that do 200mph are regularly sold in the US and the technology to artificially limit them in public roads to the speed limit exist yet we don't have that either. So I don't see a reasonable way to make vaccines "truly mandatory" and perhaps this is the semantics difference that I was talking about earlier.