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Opinion: Mandatory vaccinations and the Constitution

(Subscription required) A mandatory COVID-19 vaccine is constitutional and would fit seamlessly within California's existing statutory framework for mandatory vaccinations. The constitutionality of mandatory vaccines is well-settled. Since the California Supreme Court upheld a mandatory smallpox vaccination in Abeel v. Clark in 1890 and the U.S. Supreme Court did the same in Jacobson v. Massachusetts in 1905, mandatory vaccines have survived numerous challenges.
Dec 2, 2020

(Subscription required) A mandatory COVID-19 vaccine is constitutional and would fit seamlessly within California's existing statutory framework for mandatory vaccinations. The constitutionality of mandatory vaccines is well-settled. Since the California Supreme Court upheld a mandatory smallpox vaccination in Abeel v. Clark in 1890 and the U.S. Supreme Court did the same in Jacobson v. Massachusetts in 1905, mandatory vaccines have survived numerous challenges.