Coronavirus vaccine: Can UK make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory? Experts reveals truth

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Coronavirus vaccine: Can UK make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory? Experts reveals truth

Under current UK law, vaccines are not compulsory.

Current legislation gives the Government powers to prevent, control or mitigate the spread of an infection or contamination.

However, it explicitly outlines it cannot require a person to undertake medical treatment, including vaccination.

The Coronavirus 2020 introduced in March 2020 extended this prohibition to Scotland and Northern Ireland.

This legislation makes it explicitly clear the power to make such regulations does not include mandatory treatment or vaccination.

In May, Health Secretary Matt Hancock was questioned about mandatory vaccinations.

Mr Hancock did not confirm if the vaccine would be compulsory but did not rule the option out either.

He said: “The question of whether it’s mandatory is not one that we’ve addressed yet. We are still some time off a vaccine being available.

“But I would hope, given the scale of this crisis, and given the overwhelming need for us to get through this and to get the country back on its feet, and the very positive impact that a vaccine would have, that everybody would have the vaccine.”


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