Poll: Should the Covid-19 vaccine be compulsory?

Will you have the Covid-19 vaccine when it is made available? Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Will you have the Covid-19 vaccine when it is made available? Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The news that coronavirus vaccines may be rolled out in the UK next month has many people dreaming of a post-lockdown world – but should it be made mandatory?

On Monday it was revealed that the University of Oxford has developed a vaccine which is “highly effective” at stopping people developing Covid-19 symptoms and is demonstrated to be up to 90% effective.

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Previously, Boris Johnson stressed that a vaccine would not be compulsory but said people should want to receive one.

However, many people are against getting vaccinated for Covid-19, leading to the question of whether it should be made mandatory?

The Prime Minister told a Downing Street press conference: “There will be no compulsory vaccination, that’s not the way we do things in this country.

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“We think it’s a good idea - I totally reject the propaganda of the anti-vaxxers; they are wrong - vulnerable people, people who need a vaccine should definitely get a vaccine.

“Everybody should get a vaccine as soon as it is available.”

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England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said: “My advice - any medical practitioner’s advice - would be these should be voluntary vaccinations.

“People should want to take them because they will protect them from a potentially very debilitating - and in some cases, sadly, fatal - disease.”

Do you think it should be compulsory to get a Covid-19 vaccine? Let us know in the poll above.

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