Can the government force Americans to be vaccinated? A Supreme Court case during a smallpox epidemic provides an answer, at least for now.
The issue this situation raises is whether a pandemic is a good enough reason for a congressperson not to show up but still be able to vote.
Since information about the coronavirus’s effect is incomplete, some of these containment measures could turn out to be pointless or even harmful. This is where the US Constitution comes in.
Fault Lines in the Constitution deals with two possible national emergencies—a foreign war and a pandemic. The situations can become even worse because of problems in our Constitution.
The Constitution is not clear about circumstances under which the government is allowed to detain people during a state of emergency and refuse to release them.