Journal article

Global Ethical Considerations Regarding Mandatory Vaccination in Children

Julian Savulescu, Alberto Giubilini, Margie Danchin



Whether children should be vaccinated against coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) (or other infectious diseases such as influenza) and whether some degree of coercion should be exercised by the state to ensure high uptake depends, among other things, on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. For COVID-19, these factors are currently unknown for children, with unanswered questions also on children's role in the transmission of the virus, the extent to which the vaccine will decrease transmission, and the expected benefit (if any) to the child. Ultimately, deciding whether to recommend that children receive a novel vaccine for a disease that is not a major threat to them, or to mandate the va..

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Funding Acknowledgements

J.S. is a Partner Investigator on an Australian Research Council Linkage award (LP190100841, Oct 2020-2023), which involves industry partnership from Illumina and does not personally receive any funds from Illumina. J.S.'s work was funded by the Wellcome Trust (WT104848 and WT203132), and UKRI/AHRC Ethics Accelerator (AH/V013947/1). Through his involvement with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, J.S. also received funding from the Victorian State Government through the Operational Infrastructure Support (OIS) Program. A.G.'s work was funded by UKRI/AHRC (AH/V006819/1). M.D. was funded by a David Bickart Clinician Scientist fellowship at the University of Melbourne.