Could a COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory?

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TULSA — As drug companies and scientists sprint forward in the race toward a COVID-19 vaccine, many Americans are asking if the vaccine could be mandatory.Could the government force you to take it? Could your employer make it a requirement to work. 2 Works for You is taking an in-depth look at what’s possible when it comes to mandatory vaccination with a public health law attorney and professor, a doctor working on the vaccine, a pro-health choice activist, a pro-vaccine former state senator and a current state senator.Dr. William Hildebrand, a professor in the University of Oklahoma Dept. Of Microbiology and Immunology said, “It’s really an experiment that you’re witnessing, that the world is witnessing in real-time.”Hildebrand is leading a team of researchers at OU – one of more than 150 groups vigorously working on a COVID-19 vaccine. He said, “We’ve never taken all the tools that we’ve accumulated in science and deployed them in unison on a problem like this.”Hildebrand successfully developed vaccines for West Nile virus and melanoma and started working on the virus called SARS-CoV-2 (what we know as COVID-19) in March. His team infected human cells with the virus to …

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