4 min read.Updated: 21 Feb 2022, 01:28 AM ISTBibek Debroy,Aditya Sinha
The maxim of people’s health being our ‘supreme law’ argues for mandatory vaccination in the public interest as a last resort
The Union government recently filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating, “Covid-19 vaccination is for larger public interest in light of the ongoing pandemic situation. However, no person can be forced to get vaccinated against their wishes." Even the recent controversy surrounding tennis star Novak Djokovic’s refusal to take a covid vaccine raises pertinent questions on balancing individual rights with community well-being. But should covid vaccination be mandatory, and if yes, can it be?