The case of mandatory covid vaccination

By Bibek Debroy & Aditya Sinha

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?

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