Is it possible that you could refuse the COVID-19 vaccine and face fines, restrictions, or even jail?
According to Dov Fox, a law professor and the director of the Center for Health Law Policy and Bioethics at the University of San Diego, it is possible.
Between anti-vaxxers and a slew of Americans that now want nothing to do with a vaccine for this virus, we could be looking at some serious problems once a vaccine is ready.
Refuse and Pay the Price
Due to the pandemic, there is a lot of speculation that a vaccine will become mandatory in some way once it is ready for distribution.
Fox stated, “States can compel vaccinations in more or less intrusive ways.
“They can limit access to schools or services or jobs if people don’t get vaccinated.
“They could force them to pay a fine or even lock them up in jail.”
There is also speculation that while jail time or fines may not happen, there could be restrictions on workplaces and travel, where individuals would have to provide proof of vaccination or get turned away.
Measures such as this are not unprecedented, with a legal precedent first set in 1905.
This has also come into play more recently, when in 2019, New York made it mandatory to get a measles vaccination.
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