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Do you think it is necessary to have ‘vaccine mandates’ in this unprecedented public health emergency? Critically analyse.

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

2. Do you think it is necessary to have ‘vaccine mandates’ in this unprecedented public health emergency? Critically analyse. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld both the right of an individual against forcible vaccination and the government’s current vaccination policy to protect communitarian health, but found certain vaccine mandates imposed by State governments/Union Territories, which tend to deny access to basic welfare measures and freedom of movement to unvaccinated individuals, disproportionate.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about vaccine mandates and its need in the present times

Directive word: 

Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a balanced judgment on the topic.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context regarding ‘vaccine mandates’.

Body:

First, write about the need to have an vaccine mandates – preventing transmissions, reducing mortality, protecting public health etc.

Next, write about the shortcomings of vaccine mandates – draconian, denial of services, against article 21 etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude by giving a balanced way forward.