Serjeant at the Bar | Science is on the vaccine mandate's side

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The justification for ensuring that employees must be vaccinated is to be found in the overwhelming evidence provided by the scientific community concerning the efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines, writes the author.
The justification for ensuring that employees must be vaccinated is to be found in the overwhelming evidence provided by the scientific community concerning the efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines, writes the author.
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If challenges to a possible vaccine mandate head to court, a court will examine the evidence put up by reputable scientists as to the effect and consequences of a vaccine dispensation in promoting the community's public health at large. In this connection, the evidence is overwhelmingly in favour of widespread vaccination, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

In its usual hesitant fashion, the government finally appears to have stumbled towards the possibility of a mandatory vaccine policy, particularly mandatory workplace vaccinations.

If adopted, this would be congruent with Section 8(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which requires employers to take reasonable and practical steps to maintain and ensure a safe working environment.

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