Some patients demand the right to choose between COVID-19 vaccines

Concern over relative vaccine efficacy has prompted patients' demands

Dr. Adam Jarrett, chief medical officer of Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, says that his hospital currently gets only one type of COVID-19 vaccine at a time, but that even when vaccination lines can stretch around the building some patients have demanded the right to choose which vaccine they should be given.

Medical ethicist Nancy Berlinger says that, given the focus on vaccine efficacy, a person’s preference for one vaccine over another may be understandable but “in the public health context — under conditions of scarcity — we may have little choice or no choice because the supply is what arrives at the site where we are.” Senior Correspondent Brenda Flanagan reports.

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