Vaccines should not be mandatory; people should have the freedom to choose. Adults should have the autonomy to decide if they want to be vaccinated or not and if they want to have their kids vaccinated or not. Legislation that mandates vaccines is wrong, especially legislation that mandates children to be vaccinated. The state doesn’t own children, parents do. Parents should be free to choose how they keep their kids healthy. If one set of parents is worried about their kids getting a disease that can be prevented by vaccination, they should be free to vaccinate their kids. If another set of parents does not want their children to be injected with vaccination, that should be allowed too. The federal government should not force vaccines upon people. Vaccine mandates impose on freedom of choice.
Vaccines should be mandatory because freedom of choice does not take precedence over the common good. Jacobson v. Massachusetts was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court upheld the authority of states to enforce compulsory vaccination laws. The Court's decision articulated the view that individual liberty is not absolute and is subject to the police power of the state. The Supreme Court has consistently upheld the rights of the government to impose on individual liberties to protect the public’s health. Vaccination mandates are necessary because the state needs to protect the collective public's health.