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Vaccine Centre Debate - 'Vaccination – penalties for non-compliance?'

10 July, 2018

The introduction of mandatory vaccination to control outbreaks of measles in Europe has sparked debate and public protest about the ethical justification of penalties and exclusionary processes for non-immunisation. On 10th July 2018, the LSHTM Vaccine Short Course and The Vaccine Centre hosted a debate with an aim of discussing arguments for and against implementing penalties for non-compliance with vaccination. The idea originated from discussions at the HPRU Immunisation public involvement and engagement day in January 2018. The context of France, Italy and England was described and speakers from each of the three countries presented their views on mandatory vaccination. Topics addressed during the debate included ethical justifications for and against mandatory vaccination, rational and types of penalties for non-compliance with vaccination, impact on vaccination uptake and confidence, and related public responses.


Professor David Heymann, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, LSHTM


Dr James Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics of Health, UCL

Dr Joanne Yarwood, Immunisation Programme Manager, Public Health England

Dr Roberta Villa, Science Journalist, Italy

Professor Levy-Bruhl, Head of Infectious Diseases Department, Santé Publique, France


Prof Anthony Scott, LSHTM

Dr Tracey Chantler, LSHTM

Emilie Karafillakis, LSHTM