Balancing rights and responsibilities

Ethical code: Medical students should be vaccinated as their clinical training involves direct interaction with patients. — AP

THE rights and responsibilities of medical students appear straightforward and uncontroversial, but this issue recently surfaced after Universiti Malaya stopped a medical student from taking the second year exams because this student was unvaccinated.

Some reports indicate that this student had previously refused a Covid-19 vaccine for unclear reasons. Fortunately, this student is an extreme outlier and does not represent the vast majority of medical students and doctors.

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