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Ethical Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination

Laura Sanchez, right, holds her 2-month-old son, Lizandro, while receiving a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from a registered nurse, Noleen Nobleza at a vaccine clinic set up in the parking lot of CalOptima in Orange, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 that more than 80% of the people eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine in CA

Laura Sanchez, right, holds her 2-month-old son, Lizandro, while receiving a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from a registered nurse, Noleen Nobleza at a vaccine clinic set up in the parking lot of CalOptima in Orange, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 that more than 80% of the people eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine in CA

Jae C. Hong/AP Photo

 

Laura Sanchez, right, holds her 2-month-old son, Lizandro, while receiving a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from a registered nurse, Noleen Nobleza at a vaccine clinic set up in the parking lot of CalOptima in Orange, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 that more than 80% of the people eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine in CA

Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP Photo

While vaccines provide protection for individuals and communities against severe disease and death, this fight is far from over as we see infection rates climb, especially among children who cannot be vaccinated. Ethics Center staff and scholars analyze the critical questions in this Ethics Spotlight.

 

Perspectives

Thinking Ethically about Mask and Vaccine Mandates by Margaret R. McLean, senior fellow with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and a senior lecturer of religious studies at Santa Clara University.

Vaccination and mask mandates will push us all to be our better selves—to protect ourselves and others from the health, economic, and social consequences of unchecked pandemic.

 

An American Freedom Worth Its Name: The Freedom not to get COVID-19 by David E. DeCosse (@DavidDeCosse), director of the Religious & Catholic Ethics and Campus Ethics programs at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

Many of those who invoke freedom to refuse mask and vaccination mandates also support using government power to restrict the freedom of businesses to require masks or vaccinations for employees and customers.

 

During Our Continuing COVID-19 Crisis, Good Ethical-Decision Making May Be Our Only Hope by Thomas Plante (@ThomasPlante) Augustin Cardinal Bea, SJ professor of psychology at Santa Clara University, is a faculty scholar with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and an adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Amidst the chaos of a global pandemic, we have to work hard to help evangelize the rest of the world to become people of competence, conscience, and compassion for all and for the hope of a better tomorrow, in other words, we need to apply ethical decision making.

 

COVID Vaccines, Religious Exemptions, and a Test for Religions by David E. DeCosse (@DavidDeCosse), director of the Religious & Catholic Ethics and Campus Ethics programs at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

The COVID pandemic offers religions a moment to credibly blend the insights of faith with the findings of science and with the requirements of ethics.

 

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Related Resources 

Get Vaccinated Campaign:  A collaboration between the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County made possible through a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to support practitioners, nonprofit organizations, parish staff, social action directors, and school personnel as they encourage vaccination and address misinformation within their communities. 

Ethics Spotlight: Vaccination EthicsWhile advancements in vaccines for the novel coronavirus are pointing to light at the end of the tunnel, numerous ethical dilemmas lie ahead. 

Ethics Spotlight: The Ethics of Going Back to School in a Pandemic - As students across the country started a new school year, online or in the classroom, Ethics Center staff and other SCU scholars addressed some of the key ethical dilemmas surrounding this critical decision.

Ethics Spotlight: Covid-19: Ethics, Health and Moving Forward - As businesses, schools, families and individuals transitioned from shelter-in-place to the new normal, critical questions for consideration relating to reopening the economy were explored.

Ethics Spotlight: Covid-19 - As the pandemic wreaked havoc on society, our health care system, and the economy, critical trade-offs were identified and considered by Ethics Center staff and scholars.

 
Sep 7, 2021

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