Is there a right to a fully vaccinated care team?

Jordan L. Schwartzberg, Jeremy Levenson, Jacob M. Appel

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Although COVID-19 vaccines are free and readily available in the United States, many healthcare workers remain unvaccinated, potentially exposing their patients to a life-threatening pathogen. This paper reviews the ethical and legal factors surrounding patient requests to limit their care teams exclusively to vaccinated providers. Key factors that shape policy in this area include patient autonomy, the rights of healthcare workers, and the duties of healthcare institutions. Hospitals must also balance the rights of interested parties in the context of logistical constraints, equity, and public health considerations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-240
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Ethics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2022


  • COVID-19
  • autonomy
  • healthcare
  • medicolegal
  • public health
  • vaccination


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