Will I be forced to get a COVID vaccine?

No one will force you to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Public health professionals generally do not support forced vaccination. Dr. Fauci has repeatedly gone on the record saying he does not support a national mandate. You and your doctor will decide what’s best for you.

Some people will probably be required to show proof of vaccination to do certain things. For example, health care workers may be required to get a vaccine (or an exemption from a doctor) to work in hospitals. The same thing happens for other diseases. Most hospitals require proof of vaccination against several diseases, including the flu, for anyone who works at the hospital. But for people who can’t or don’t want to get vaccinated, they usually offer work arounds, like having unvaccinated workers wear masks at all times.

Colleges, universities, and schools may eventually require proof of COVID-19 vaccination (or an exemption from a doctor). This is already the case for other diseases. For example, many colleges require first year students to have the Meningococcal vaccine. Schools do this to keep students, teachers, and staff safe from campus outbreaks.

Getting vaccinated is probably the best way to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. So talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.

Last update: December 15, 2020, 4:00 pm ET

Science review: JAB