Mailbag: OSU would be wise to reconsider | Letters
Oregon State University recently announced that it will make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for students, staff, and faculty, starting in the fall semester.
I fear this policy will have the opposite effect of its intended effect, further eroding public trust and confidence in COVID vaccinations. People intuitively know that it is not necessary to force them to swallow a good medicine or to force them in their arms. Fundamentally, compulsory medicine is unethical and contrary to the fundamental principle of informed consent in medical decision-making.
According to the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights, “Any preventive, diagnostic or therapeutic medical intervention should only be carried out with the prior, free and informed consent of the person concerned, on the basis of adequate information. The consent must, where appropriate, be express and can be withdrawn by the person concerned at any time and for any reason whatsoever without disadvantage or prejudice … community or other authority for the informed consent of an individual.
Additionally, COVID vaccines have only received emergency use authorization and have not yet been officially approved or cleared by the Food and Drug Administration. What is even more concerning is that the manufacturers of COVID vaccines have been indemnified from lawsuits and have no liability for damage caused by their vaccines. In other words, regardless of the severity of the injury, pharmaceutical companies making COVID vaccines cannot be sued for damages.