With COVID-19 vaccines on the horizon, attention again returns to the contentious topic of whether vaccination should be made mandatory.
Recent polling has resulted in worrying headlines about a lack of willingness to have a COVID-19 vaccine if it were available.
Are mandates the answer to ensure vaccine high uptake to end the pandemic?
While still a hypothetical scenario, without yet having a safe and effective vaccine approved for use, this could change in the coming months. The question of introducing mandatory vaccination spans considerations of personal liberty, health decision-making, public health and policy, as well as the relationship between the state and its citizens.