Age discrimination, the right to life and COVID-19 vaccination in countries with limited resources

Lloyd-Sherlock, Peter, Guntupalli, Aravinda and Sempé, Lucas (2022) Age discrimination, the right to life and COVID-19 vaccination in countries with limited resources. Journal of Social Issues. ISSN 1540-4560

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Abstract

This paper seeks to develop and apply a simple yardstick based on remaining life expectancy to assess whether specific health policies unfairly discriminate against people on the basis of their age. This reveals that the COVID-19 vaccine prioritisation policies of several countries have discriminated against older people. Conversely, the exclusion of older people from COVID-19 vaccine testing is shown to be non-discriminatory, as is some degree of age prioritisation for limited acute COVID-19 care. Age discrimination in vaccine prioritisation is shown to be embedded in wider ageist attitudes in health policy, which give the lives of older people a lower social value than the lives of people at younger ages.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social sciences(all),sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2022 10:32
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 07:32
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/88630
DOI: 10.1111/josi.12561

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