At the country-level, there appears to be no discernable relationship between percentage of population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases in the last 7 days (Fig. 1). In fact, the trend line suggests a marginally positive association such that countries with higher percentage of population fully vaccinated have higher COVID-19 cases per 1 million people. Notably, Israel with over 60% of their population fully vaccinated had the highest COVID-19 cases per 1 million people in the last 7 days. The lack of a meaningful association between percentage population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases is further exemplifed, for instance, by comparison of Iceland and Portugal. Both countries have over 75% of their population fully vaccinated and have more COVID-19 cases per 1 million people than countries such as Vietnam and South Africa that have around 10% of their population fully vaccinated.“
So says the European Journal of Epidemiology, publishing the work of S. V. Subramanian and Akhil Kumar. It is a short paper, but the graph in it says all that needs to be said
As we now know that vaccination does not stop the spread of Covid-19, the most that can be said for vaccination is that it reduces the severity of the disease among the vaccinated.
Thus it does not bring a public benefit, it brings a private benefit.
So why make it mandatory?