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Med Arch. 2022; 76(6): 413-418

COVID-19 Vaccinations: Medical, Ethical and Legal Aspects

Farouq Ahmad Faleh Alazzam, Hisham Jadallah Mansour Shakatreh, Zaid Ibrahim Yousef Gharaibeh, Khaled Khalaf Abed Rabbo Aldrou, Ahed J Alkhatib.


Background: Following the consideration of COVID-19 as pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), developing new vaccinations against COVID-19 was the dream of humanity. Leading companies competed to achieve this task. Several vaccinations have been developed relatively quickly. Objective: The aim of the present study was to review the literature regarding medical, ethical, and legal aspects of COVID-19 vaccination. Methods: Literature was reviewed regarding various issues of COVID-19 vaccinations. Results and Discussion: The main findings showed that a dilemma exists in literature regarding the ethics in general in keeping the rights of individuals to retain their rights to receive the vaccine and considering receiving the vaccination as compulsory. Conclusion: As the disease has become pandemic with high mortality rates, keeping the safety of the community has received the priority on individual rights, and many countries considered compulsory vaccinations.

Key words: COVID-19, vaccination, ethics, legal aspects, medical aspects.

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