Institutions must choose between mandatory vaccination and vaccine promotion: Opinion

August 6, 2021
In a recent article for The Conversation, University of Toronto professor Peter A Newman and University of Windsor Associate Professor Adrian Guta discuss institutional stances on vaccination. The authors discuss the health and social concerns about two common stances–mandatory vaccination and vaccine promotion–and discuss how they could be used in postsecondary institutions. The authors argue that institutions implementing mandatory vaccination would need to provide flexible alternatives for the unvaccinated and address issues around privacy and shaming. Newman and Guta say that vaccine promotion would make vaccinations available for students while allowing them to return to campus. “Universities have a short window to be proactive about the fall and winter semesters,” write the authors. “They need to consider what a gentler return home for students might look like this time compared to 2020.” The Conversation (Editorial)