Is It Ever Ethical to ‘Cut’ the Vaccine Line?
Science writer Dana G Smith interviewed bioethicist Arthur Caplan about what people should do if they are offered an available vaccine even though it might not be their group’s turn yet. There have been stories of people being at a pharmacy near closing time and being offered a dose that would otherwise be wasted, for example. If the situation should arise where a vaccine is available, and a person is not deliberately cheating the system, then Caplan says there’s an imperative to accept and get vaccinated. “I don’t think just keeping things in refrigerators makes any sense,” he says. “Getting more people vaccinated in settings like health care helps — as long as you’re not jumping ahead of the people who are willing to take it, who are really in need.” Read more below.