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Harvard clinicians say the case for mandating COVID-19 vaccination is stronger than it is for mandating flu shots — and give eight reasons why
In an opinion piece in today’s Annals of Internal Medicine, Michael Klompas, M.D., M.P.H., Madelyn Pearson, D.N.P., RN, and Charles Morris, M.D., M.P.H., of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston give eight reasons for making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for healthcare workers should be mandatory. Some of their reasons are framed as a comparison to flu shots, which some hospitals started to mandate more than a decade ago. Becker’s Hospital Reviewis keeping a running tally of the hospital systems that are requiring vaccination and as of today its count showed 26 systems that had taken steps to require vaccination. The Becker’s list also included the hospital associations in Washington, D.C., and the state of Maryland. Some systems have not set hard deadlines, according to Becker’s, and the Mass General Brigham system that Brigham and Women’s is part of is making the requirement contingent upon one of three vaccines with an emergency use authorization getting full FDA approval.
Here are eight reasons listed by Klompas, Pearson and Morris: