When Can You Be Required to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Piatt JL, Hodge JG, Barraza L. When can you be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine? Slate - Future Tense, Forthcoming

3 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2021

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Jennifer L. Piatt

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

James G. Hodge

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Leila Barraza

Network for Public Health Law; University of Arizona - Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Date Written: April 2, 2021

Abstract

In the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, widespread distribution and administration of vaccines are raising hopes of achieving herd immunity—and returning to some sense of normalcy—in the U.S. Health care providers, long-term care facilities, airlines, restaurants, universities, and other entities are currently considering, or have already implemented, COVID-19 vaccine mandates, leaving Americans wondering whether these entities can require them to get vaccinated.

Complex questions underlie the legality of vaccine mandates. Public misperceptions blur the line between voluntary, mandated, and compelled vaccinations, highlighting controversial gray area cases. Though often used interchangeably, public health law distinguishes between these three approaches to vaccination requirements.

Keywords: vaccine, vaccinnation, COVID-19, voluntary, mandatory, compelled, requirements, legal, policy, constitutional, religious, medical, exemptions, equity, protections

Suggested Citation

Piatt, Jennifer and Hodge, James G. and Barraza, Leila, When Can You Be Required to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine? (April 2, 2021). Piatt JL, Hodge JG, Barraza L. When can you be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine? Slate - Future Tense, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3819788 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3819788

Jennifer Piatt

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

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James G. Hodge (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
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Leila Barraza

Network for Public Health Law ( email )

Saint Paul, MN
United States

University of Arizona - Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health ( email )

Tucson, AZ

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