Ezekiel Emanuel on immunization mandates for healthcare workers
AAre healthcare workers more obliged than others to be vaccinated against Covid-19?
In this week’s episode of “First Opinion Podcast,” physician and bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel answers that question and more. He argues that hospitals and other healthcare facilities nationwide, including nursing homes and home care companies, must issue vaccination warrants for all employees to prevent further deaths. due to Covid-19.
“You take an oath to put the best interests of your patients first. It is an ethical obligation. For retail workers, it’s not like, “I took an oath to put the best interests of the person who walked into the store looking at a pair of jeans first,” Emanuel said. . “So I think that’s a fundamental difference” between healthcare workers and other workers.
The conversation stems from the first opinion, “Vaxxed or axed: To protect patients, every healthcare worker should be immunized,” written by Emanuel and colleagues Matthew Guido and Patricia Hong.
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