Should COVID-19 vaccinations be mandatory for radiographers?

2021 10 01 15 13 0087 Coronavirus Vaccine 400

The U.K. Society of Radiographers (SoR) has released a position statement that strongly encourages members to get vaccinated but does not support mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for frontline healthcare staff.

The SoR said mandatory vaccinations could isolate and discriminate against those who have legitimate medical reasons for not being vaccinated. The organization also said it is "especially concerned" that mental health reasons, such as extreme anxiety, will not be recognized.

The SoR also said scientific evidence about the impact of flu vaccines versus the impact of COVID-19 vaccines in relation to reducing risk of contraction hasn't been taken into account, and that the "populist style" of the consultation document will generate confusion or undermine many members.

The society however noted it "strongly encourages" members to get vaccinated to reduce the risk to themselves and others in healthcare of falling seriously ill due to COVID-19.

You can read the full statement on the SoR website.

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