Dr. Ezekiel J. Professor of Bioethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Emanuel said the United States is unlikely to make significant progress in its vaccination campaign without a mandate.
“I want to say that a mandate is legal, ethical and efficacious,” he said. “After all, workplaces probably have to.”
In his speech, Mr Biden said his administration is leaving no stone unturned to convince people that vaccination is in their best interest and that of the country. But he made no mention of the need for states, private companies, schools and other institutions to start requiring people reluctant to vaccinate.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki acknowledged in remarks to reporters on Tuesday that some companies, schools and other institutions were beginning to require vaccines. But he said the administration has no intention of encouraging him to do so.
“We’re going to leave it up to us to make these decisions,” Ms. Psaki said.
But others say the administration could be more aggressive.
Lawrence O., professor of global health law at Georgetown University. Gostin said that even though the federal government’s authority to enforce mandates was limited, the Biden administration still had sufficient power to recommend them. This could provide more funding for proof-of-vaccination systems and create incentives for colleges, universities and organizations to need to offer a vaccine, he said.
“Vaccine mandates have been very successful in the United States and globally, even in politically difficult situations, because they make vaccination the default,” Mr Gostin said. “We have to make the tough choice without vaccination, not the easy one.”