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Should the new Covid-19 vaccine be made optional or mandatory?

A global vaccine to beat Coronavirus is the solution that we are hoping for so we can get back to life as we know it.

Scientists and medical researchers across the UK have welcomed the “very encouraging” results from the University of Oxford’s coronavirus vaccine trials.

The speed at which the trial has been conducted has also been praised, with the preliminary results suggesting the vaccine is safe and causes few side effects.

Professor Fiona Watt, executive chairwoman of the Medical Research Council, which helped to fund the trial, said: “It is truly remarkable how fast this vaccine has progressed, with our support, through early clinical trials, and it is very encouraging that it shows no safety concerns and evokes strong immune responses.

“There is a lot that we don’t yet know about immunity to the virus that causes Covid-19.

“However, it seems that both antibody and T cell immunity are important, and this vaccine triggers both responses.”

Alex Harris, head of Global Policy & Advocacy at Wellcome, said: “This is just one crucial step but it’s very encouraging, and builds on the incredible global research effort during this crisis.”

“Covid-19 is a global challenge: no one is safe until everyone is safe. The fastest, most effective way to beat the disease and end this pandemic is by securing vaccines, tests and treatments for those who are at most risk everywhere.”

What are your views? When the new vaccine is tested trialed and deemed safe, will you be happy to be vaccinated? Should being vaccinated be optional or compulsory to have it?

Should the new Covid-19 vaccine be made optional or mandatory?

539 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Optional Mandatory

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Yodama
9th Sep 2020
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AstraZeneca has "paused" covid vaccine trials due to "an unexplained illness."
Frightens me how this has become a "race to the top."
viking
8th Sep 2020
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Mandatory, would be impossible in this "diverse etc., etc., country]
Can you imagine the response from the present highlighted groups of noise and bustle, together with certain religious groups, the noise against would be deafening !
Yodama
5th Sep 2020
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While this vaccine is still in its early stages, I will not be taking it, I am alarmed at the speed in which they are coming up with the “magic bullet,” there are too many variables. After many years of research, there is no vaccine that is totally effective against ‘flu, or any covid infection. Mutation is the problem, how can they say the population will be “safe” from covid 19 when they say they have never encountered this type of covid before? The side effects are not properly researched yet either.

Latest news is that a tiny RFID chip will be used in vaccinations given to willing participants in “PROJECT JUMPSTART.” Jay Walker, CEO of Apiject, has done a deal worth $138.000.000
to vaccinate 100.000.000 + people by year end.

https://youtu.be/IGJjE6a0Nxc

The objective is to track and trace. At the moment it is voluntary, but not far into the future it will be mandatory worldwide for everyone to be tracked.
People in China are already being denied entry into shops and other establishments because they don't have the digital "health passport."

Very frightening trajectory this is taking. Tony Blair (Machiavellian liar,) spoke yesterday about digital ID cards which will have your covid details easily accessible. His plan to make the population carry ID cards was scuppered, so now this gives him another excuse to try and push the "population control" agenda.

Digital ID cards will have all your personal data. putting you at risk of authorities (whoever they may be) gaining access to your private details, ( medical, work, travel and social details.)

This is a democratic country where freedoms are important. Having your covid information stored is like health "apartheid."
We are now living in Orwellian times.
The attempt to use “track and trace” is chaotic, everything is chaotic. I am not inclined to allow ANYBODY access to my private information.

Don't hand your freedom away under the covid "cloak."
viking
31st Aug 2020
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It rather looks as if the search for the ultimate vacine has now taken a political twist. Russia v USA v UK v China versus the rest of the world to be crowned the tops in Covid research. In the rush for the "crown" will all of these countries be truthful about how much testing has been carried out on humans ?? The UK at least we hope will be truthful, but will this put it at the back for the hugh requirement which will have to be made for the rest of the world together with the export profits.
Retiredyorkie
22nd Aug 2020
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Too soon to make it mandatory - the vaccines have not been proven -
MoiraC8
7th Aug 2020
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Given the way in which Covid 19 has changed our lives and our world forever, I cannot conceive why anyone in their right mind would refuse a vaccine when this becomes available. I am equally sure that the vaccine will have been fully safety tested and that there will be very few individuals for whom it is contraindicated. However there will still be a small but vocal number of "anti-vaxers" across the world who will refuse and also claim that the vaccine is unsafe and sadly I am afraid that some people will be persuaded by their arguments. The Covid pandemic is a public health emergency on an unprecedented scale and there is therefore every justification in making vaccination mandatory across the world. My only concern would be the level of protection which the vaccine will afford. This is a new virus about which little is yet known and vaccination may not give lifelong protection - only time will tell.
swaneldo
28th Jul 2020
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No way should we have something else forced on us which has not been thoroughly and lengthily tested first for safety. The debacle of contradictory and inaccurate information / data / rules and regulations foisted on us already should be a huge and clear warning that it will be rushed and people used as guinea pigs to 'see how it goes'. Let's face it, it's still considered cheaper to kill people off than care for them properly in this country. Let me know when you've all had it and I'll make my own mind up.
jeanmark
28th Jul 2020
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Well as 95% of population have to be vaccinated to get herd immunity I believe it should be mandatory to protect those who are unable to be vaccinated. The present vaccine is being well tested, work began on a vaccine in January 2020 and during the Phase I/II trial the vaccine has been evaluated in more than 1,000 healthy adult volunteers aged between 18 and 55 years in a randomised controlled trial. Between April 23, 2020 and May 21, 2020, 1077 volunteers, received the vaccine or a placebo and there were no serious adverse health events related to it (www.ox.ac.uk). With such a virulent virus, you do not have the luxury of taking years to develop a vaccine. Maybe you should try ready the research from the Jenner Institute, after all we all know what Jenner achieved.
TheMac
27th Jul 2020
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Being the owner of a caravan park, I can ensure you that there are people that will ignore social distancing and continue to spread this virus.
They have no morals and think this virus will not affect them, but they do not consider the infection rate on other people.
Therefore the optional vaccine will never work when you have these idiots ignoring government advice.
Skimbo
27th Jul 2020
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Everybody should have the vaccine whenever it becomes available. Our country cannot survive if this virus gets out of control. I fear for our grand children in the future.
RayH70
25th Jul 2020
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Will we have a choice the government through out the the pandemic the has been the government has been telling us what we can and can't do and by the way I do have the flu jab but like the MMR jàb persuading the public that it is for their own good is a different kettle of fish
viking
25th Jul 2020
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People in this country are lucky to have a choice [ reference MMR etc " most African countries would love to be able to make a choice, but they just have to lump it.
Littlewam
25th Jul 2020
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Of course it should be mandatory unless you have a medical exemption. If only half the population is vaccinated the virus will still be a threat and with us for years to come
jeanmark
28th Jul 2020
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I agree as you have to have 95% of a population vaccinated to produce herd immunity. This then protects those people who are unable to be vaccinated because of underlying conditions.
JE
24th Jul 2020
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I think it should be a personal decision and not forced on anybody.. Once the vaccine has gone through all the testing phases and shown to be effective in combatting the disease, it is probably the best protection we are going to get and I will be opting to have the vaccine.
sparrer
24th Jul 2020
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We know nothing about the long term side effects of this vaccine, so I shan't be accepting it until it is proven not only successful but 100% safe in a few years time
Not2grey
24th Jul 2020
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I don't think that forcing people to have a vaccine is the way to go .education and persuasion shoud be the default position .
jeanmark
30th Jul 2020
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Unfortunately Not2grey, education and persuasion hasn't helped so far.
Not2grey
31st Jul 2020
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Perhaps but I still don't think that forcing people is the way to go . It's difficult one I personally would have any vaccines to protect my health . ButbI make that decision not someone else.I am old enough to remember he horrors of Thalidomide . Also Dr's don't always know best as the vaginal mesh scandal proves.
jeanmark
31st Jul 2020
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I do understand peoples reluctance, particularly when listening to non experts telling people how harmful they are, but vaccination isn't just to protect the individual from a specific disease but to help the community as a whole, in particular those people unable to be vaccinated because of underlying problems.

Vaginal mesh is a totally different argument, although I agree not all doctors have taken that problem seriously enough. Also Thalidomide is not a good example. This was originally intended as a sedative or tranquiliser, but soon began being used for other problems. One of the side effects found it helped with morning sickness, but the drug had not been tested on foetuses and should never have been used for that purpose.

People should have a choice in general but I believe if it is something that helps protect the people as a whole, choice may not be an option if many do not want to comply.
SueC62
24th Jul 2020
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I voted optional but don't care either way because, once fully tested, I will be having it. Same as with any other vaccine. As I've never suffered any ill effects from a vaccine, I'll take my chance I'll be OK with this once. So, I'll be protected and won't care if others don't have the vaccine and get Covid-19.
thetruth67
24th Jul 2020
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The vaccine industry have stated in the past that vaccines are inherently unsafe. They were given zero liability in 1986. Why would you trust a company that has zero liability, with your health?
Why would you want to force those who don't choose to have it, to risk vaccine injury?
Chuckyhen
24th Jul 2020
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Well, if vaccines are unsafe, why has the world been saved from cholera, tuberculosis, typhoid, smallpox for example? We have ageing populations in the western world, so something must be doing it!
thetruth67
24th Jul 2020
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It's because of the improved sanitation, better housing and cleaner water supplies. The graphs I've seen show that these diseases were declining before vaccine programs were introduced.
Vaccines are not risk free, check out the side effects of MMR vaccine.
swaneldo
28th Jul 2020
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Quite - just one word 'thalidomide' - the really safe drug .... so they claimed.
jeanmark
29th Jul 2020
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Thalidomide is the wrong example. This was originally intended as a sedative or tranquiliser, but soon began being used for other problems. One of the side effects found it helped with morning sickness, but the drug had never ever been tested on foetuses and should never have been used for that purpose. It is still in use today for certain conditions but only licensed to be used by specific named doctors.
jeanmark
30th Jul 2020
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Sorry the truth67, not all infectious diseases were the result of improved sanitation etc. it helped but wasn't the only solution. Smallpox was eradicated because of a world wide vaccination programme, not environmental changes.

No, vaccines are not risk free, but then neither is paracetamol and other such medicines. The three vaccines making up MMR were introduced in 1971 and has been very successfully with serious sides effects being very rare. Over 500 million doses have been used in over 100 countries around the world since its introduction and the World Health Organisation recognises it as a highly effective vaccine with an outstanding safety record (WHO, 2001). There will always be those rare occasion what someone is harmed but that could be said for any medicine by any route.
MoiraC8
7th Aug 2020
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..and while we're at it let's add polio, measles, mumps, rubella, Hib, meningococcal meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria and more!
viking
23rd Jul 2020
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Amazing the number of people on this site wishing to make injections mandatory.
Just stop and think what happened when mothers were "advised" to have their children inoculated. Oh no not the needle !! The rumpus that caused and left the country with a large bill to cater for the result of non compliers.
The thugs and neer do wells that roam this country, would just give the two finger salute to that.
Chuckyhen
24th Jul 2020
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There are always non compliant people, as a health visitor for over 20 years, I saw my job as providing the facts with the most up to date scientific studies available and allowing the parents to choose. Immunisation in the uk is not mandatory, however, targets were set for GP practices, so money always comes into it and therefore, programmes promoting immunisation would be
A. To protect our children from dying or suffering a disease e.g. measles, which can have long term detrimental effects and
B. To line pockets
C. Adopt a good public health model for all through the NHS
Valleyman
22nd Jul 2020
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The practicalities of arresting and forcibly injecting people mean it has to be optional. We are not prisoners of this sceptred isle, we are the decision makers. In the course of my work, I once had the swine flu injection (another Chinese gift), and was told it was totally safe. However, it later emerged there was a chance of Guillain Barre Syndrome, as in the rare disorder in which your body's immune system attacks your nerves until it eventually paralyses your whole body. Nice. Vaccinations are a gamble. Unfortunately.
Greekislander
22nd Jul 2020
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When you see the number of inconsiderate people who defied lockdown and social distancing, can you in all honesty see them being told that the vaccination is mandatory. No chance! They would sit on Bournemouth beach and say find me if you can.
Karine Davison
21st Jul 2020
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Given how this virus can spread - and kill even healthy people , it has to be mandatory unless there is a health reason .
TerenceC8
21st Jul 2020
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It has to be optional otherwise your going down a dangerous road which could lead anywhere even compulsory euthanasia or even just for having different views to the government so once you go down the mandatory path it will end with the loss of free choice
Lionel
21st Jul 2020
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Surely, the question must be, will it be as effective as claimed?

I believe people's hopes have been raised far too high by irresponsible and inaccurate journalism. It's not unusual!

According to a Smithsonian Institution documentary, re-broadcast on Sunday evening, the Spanish 'Flu epidemic of 1918 - 1920 came in at least two waves. The second wave was many times more virulent than the first, killing vastly more people. Actually, inadequate record keeping doesn't permit much in depth analysis of that epidemic.

If that is the case with COVID 19 this vaccine won't offer much protection against a second wave. Several informed opinions I've read online would suggest this is the case. However, the vaccine will offer some protection against residual first wave COVID 19 infections over the next few years.

It seems to me the best protection we have in the event of a devastating second wave is to get in stocks of everything while we can and shut out the world. Food processing plants and farms are being shut down across the whole of Europe at a rate of knots so chunks of our staple diet in winter will no longer be available, or extremely high priced. Buy while you can.
viking
21st Jul 2020
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Whoa, don't think that the latest news will mean that this early vaccine will be the cover everthing type. If it follows as the Flu jab which re-invents ityself, it will be at least 6 months out [ time to develop the vaccine against the latest strain ] What form the Covid will take during the forthcoming winter ..........no one knows.
tinatots11
21st Jul 2020
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I will certainly be having it as soon as I can, I have signed up for the NHS vaccine registry for the trials too. We need this vaccine to be ready as soon as possible. Only then can we even think of resuming our normal lives.
JennyC7
21st Jul 2020
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Yes as we need normality
Helen Highwater
21st Jul 2020
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Oh yes, definitely. Being of advanced years I am happy to be a research tool if it improves life for those following on. I want to be back out there enjoying my life for whatever time I've got left.
ArchieUK
21st Jul 2020
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Perhaps in two or three years when we have proofe that the vacine realy works it could be looked at again, but until then no thank you.
Untill then, treat it like the proven normal flu vaccine on a voluntry basis.
MoiraC8
7th Aug 2020
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ArchieUK, I sincerely hope you are still alive to make the decision in 2 or 3 years time!
MrsPat
21st Jul 2020
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I will definitely be getting it as soon as I can so I can start living a normal life again.
Wilf
21st Jul 2020
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It should be mandatory to keep us all safe and eradicate the virus
Marley444
21st Jul 2020
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Any vaccine offered will have gone through a lengthy process of testing etc so I for one would be very happy to be offered the vaccine as soon as it is ready. I would rather be offered protection that live in this vulnerable and stressful situation of feeling at risk. I thought that was the only light at the end of the tunnel for the world and find it hard to understand why anyone would not want to protect their own life and the lives of others.
Calamity
21st Jul 2020
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Covid 19 is an evil virus which we need to eradicate, for goodness sake get yourself vaccinated to keep everyone safe.
MrsPat
21st Jul 2020
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I agree we should all have it as soon as they have produced it.
GrahamC1461
21st Jul 2020
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I and my family would gladly take this to keep us alive, but I respect the wishes of people who prefer to run the risk of catching it and passing it on to others who dont want it and naturally passing on crowding hospital beds. The world will be better with this self imposed cull.

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