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Paul Scholten Colloquium with Alberto Giubilini, Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford.

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Date 21 June 2019
Time 12:00 - 13:00
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building A
Room A7.23 (faculty room)
Roeterseilandcampus - building A
Roeterseilandcampus - building A

Room A7.23 (faculty room)

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam


Many parents are hesitant about vaccinating their children or face motivational barriers to vaccinate their children. In this paper we propose a type of vaccination policy that could be implemented either in addition to coercive vaccination or as an alternative to it in order to increase paediatric vaccination uptake in a non-coercive way, namely the use of vaccination nudges that exploit the same very decision biases that often undermine vaccination uptake. In particular, we propose a policy under which children would be vaccinated at school or day care by default, without requiring parental authorization, but with parents retaining the right to opt their children out of vaccination. We show that such a policy is 1) likely to be effective, at least in cases in which non-vaccination is due to practical obstacles, rather than to beliefs about vaccines, 2) ethically acceptable because it not coercive and affects individual autonomy only in a morally unproblematic way, and 3) likely to receive support from the UK public.

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