February/March 2022 (vol. 18/5)

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Expert Witness: To jab or not to jab, that is the question

Mandating COVID-19 vaccines at work


OH law expert Professor Diana Kloss discusses the legal and ethical issues of mandating employees (and others) to accept a COVID-19 vaccination.

At the time of writing (January 2022), one of the most hotly debated issues in the UK is whether the general population should be compelled to be double vaccinated (and given a booster) against COVID-19. The first COVID-19 vaccine was approved by the Medicine and Health Products Regulatory Agency in December 2020 and since then a massive public health campaign has succeeded in giving at least one dose to nearly 52 million people, ie 90% of the UK population aged 12 and over1. Although the number of infections continues to rise, especially since the emergence of the Omicron variant, there is increasing evidence that vaccination protects against serious disease, at least for a period…

Diana Kloss is a barrister, former part-time employment judge, Acas arbitrator and author. 

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Occupational Health at Work February/March 2022 (vol. 18/5) pp13-16

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