HSC 214: Ethics and the Health Professions
Professor Michael Senf
11 April 2021
1. Ethical Dilemma
I. Vaccinations are created with the purpose of preventing a disease.
II. It is a practice that has led to the saving of lives based on the intensity that ailments may
have within the society.
III. Mandated vaccines have been passed by the constitution to ensure that the containment of
fatal illnesses takes place.
IV. The practice is mostly common among the children because they are the most vulnerable.
The dilemma comes in whether the person has the choice to choose or the protection of a
2. Desired Outcome
V. The best practice that comes with the situation is that the disease can be prevented before
it affects others.
VI. The outcome of the choice involved in the dilemma entails foregoing the choice that a
person might have towards personal ideas such as the freedom of choice.
VII. Saving a life is more important compared to making choices that are based on
3. First Ethical Principle
VIII. The concern for others is the ethical principle that perfectly applies for the case.
IX. The fact that one needs to protect himself to ensure that the protection for others is
achieved is an important activity in play that needs to be respected.
X. Second Ethical Principle
XI. The other ethical principle that would apply involves law abiding. It is mandatory that the
vaccines are administered.
XII. The respect to law demands that such activities needs to be satisfied and
respecting the rule of law is paramount.
4. Ethical Theory
XIII. The theory of ethics of care stipulates that one needs to show care towards others
to fulfill the ultimate purpose of life.
5. Ethical Decision
XIV. The ethical decision would be derived with Doherty and Purtilo 6 steps to ensure
that a solid decision is created.
XV. The vaccination policy is the health policy that the government uses to ensure that
the vaccines are taken in the required way.
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