Mike E wrote: I agree the government has a duty to protect the vulnerable but only an authoritarian government would feel comfortable introducing enforced vaccinations.
So you think it was wrong when the UK brought in mandatory vaccination for smallpox in the 19th Century?
No I don't think it is wrong for a government to do what it can to protect it's people. However we live in a totally different country to that of the 19th century. The ordinary man in the street accepted his lot, his station and the authority that came from above back then. For better or worse the average man or woman in the street nowadays has far more rights and freedom of choice to decide their own destiny.
Personally I would accept a government decision for mandatory vaccination, but firstly cannot see any modern day government brave enough to make that decision and secondly cannot see the punters of today accepting it without protesting against their freedom of choice.
I personally feel that, even though I hate the things, our government should have made it mandatory for us all to wear masks, certainly in public enclosed spaces right from the start, but also accept our 'freedom loving' culture wouldn't tolerate it, unlike some country's in East Asia where it is routine.