- Is compulsory vaccination of schoolchildren a viable policy option in the UK?
- According to the Health Secretary, the government is ‘looking very seriously’ at making vaccinations compulsory for state school pupils and has taken advice on how such a law could work. How would this be implemented and enforced? How effective do you think it would be?
- What are the main benefits and challenges to introducing compulsory vaccinations in the UK?
- On 12 September 2019, at the Global Vaccination Summit, the European Commission and World Health Organization unveiled a manifesto and ten actions towards vaccination for all in response to what the Commission had called ‘unprecedented outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases due to insufficient vaccination coverage rates’. Would compulsory vaccinations help with this issue? Would any of the ten actions be more effective?
- In the US, all 50 states mandate vaccination as a condition of entry into school. How effective would you say this approach has been? How would it differ in the UK and why, if implemented?
- In your opinion, do you see vaccinations being made mandatory in the UK in the future?
Local Government analysis: Vaccination levels among school children are dropping throughout Europe, with the EU government calling it one of the main risks to public health. With neighbouring countries like Italy and the US making vaccinations compulsory for children wishing to attend state school, should the UK do the same? Karen May, associate at Bindmans, discusses the risk of low vaccination levels in the UK, and recommend investing in education programmes for children and parents.
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