Alberte Emma Westh, Sofie Olsen Relsted, Amanda Feldballe Bernholm, Cecilie Fuglestved Boje & Anna Sofie Hjorth

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


In this paper we examine the use of coercion in connection to the MFR-vaccination in an ethical, moral frame. We put forth three proposed cases, where we explore and consider the potential ethical objections. The first is a ticket-based sanction, where non-vaccinaters is fined regularly to create an incentive to get them to vaccinate their children. In the second sanction we propose that unvaccinated children (unless there is a medical reason for them not being vaccinated) are denied from all institutions. We examine the ethical and moral objections to this proposal. And finally we consider the most absolute use of coercion; the mandatory vaccination given by force. This moral discussion is wrapped, so to speak, in an ethical discussion where we reach the conclusion that there is a moral and personal responsibility to have yourself and your children vaccinated. This moral responsibility is to the herd immunity, which is considered a common good. This is the foundation for the justification of our whole paper, the reason why force could be permissible. We reach the conclusion that it is possible to justify certain uses of coercion under certain circumstances and if certain criteria is present. We are hesitant to proclaim that our conclusion is definitive, as in ethical discussion a conversation is never over. Nevertheless we were able with the methods most regularly used in ethical discussion, to shed some light on a very important issue. We have taken for granted that certain diseases will never reach us, and this certainty is threatened by the anti-vaccinations movements. It is an important discussion, solving the problem of the weakening herd immunity, but not one that has to be solved with coercion and force. In the final pages of our paper we consider other options, as for example better education on the matter. It is our belief that the solution is a combination of many methods and where coercion possibly is included.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato28 maj 2018
Antal sider88
VejledereRune Klingenberg Hansen


  • Vaccine
  • antivaccine
  • børn
  • MFR