Israeli Minister Proposes Making Vaccinations Mandatory, is Shot Down
During a cabinet meeting on Israel’s coronavirus response Thursday, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz proposed advancing legislation that would obligate the public to be inoculated, or face punitive measures, according to a television report.
Steinitz compared the matter to sanctions on civilians who refuse to enter bomb shelters during wartime, Channel 12 News reported.
The report said Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit shot down the proposal, asking, “Are you proposing to sanction anyone who runs away from a needle?”
Additionally, the energy minister proposed vaccinating children aged 14-16 (an age group currently excluded from vaccination — only ages 16 and up participated in vaccine trials), suggesting Israel could lead trailblazing research on the matter. (TOI / VFI News)
“God, we ask that you help us strike the right balance between good public health policy and personal freedom.”