Yesterday, an ACTION ALERT was sent by the Autism Action Network to fight the suggestion of a MANDATE for COVID vaccine in Virginia. We might assume that the Governor's phones were ringing off the hook thanks to this alert and alarms sounded up and down the Commonwealth of Virginia, and thus, the updated announcement from the Governor's office denying a mandate. Don't let your guard down for a second, this vaccine (in all its unholy, warped iterations) will be on the agenda of every legislature this Fall as overzealous public health officials salivate at the prospect of mass, unbridled vaccination.
This story in the ACTION ALERT was updated that Gov Northam has stated he will not mandate the COVID vaccine.
Northam not planning on COVID-19 vaccine mandate despite support from top official
Evening, 8/24: RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC)- A spokesperson for Gov. Ralph Northam said Monday he’s not planning on mandating a COVID-19 vaccine in Virginia, even though his Administration’s top health official supports the idea.
In an interview with 8News on Friday, State Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver said he planned on mandating a coronavirus immunization once it’s safely released to the public. In Virginia, state law gives him the authority to order immediate vaccination ‘of all persons in case of an epidemic of any disease of public health importance for which a vaccine exists.’ The law only includes an exemption for medical reasons.
Dr. Oliver was not available for a follow-up interview on Monday but a spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Health sent 8News the following statement:
“When Dr. Oliver spoke of his support of a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine for adults, he was sharing his personal opinion as a physician. Currently, the Northam administration has taken no official policy position on whether or not a COVID-19 vaccine for adults should be mandatory. VDH regrets this error.”
The health commissioner of Virginia stated in a television interview on Saturday that he intends to make covid 19 vaccines mandatory for all residents of the state once it becomes available. Under Virginia law, Norman Oliver, MD, as health commissioner, can order mandatory vaccines in a health emergency. Only medical exemptions would be allowed. Commissioner Oliver, however, has not taken action yet.
So far Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has remained silent on the issue, but Oliver reports to him, and Northam appears to be letting an underling float a potentially unpopular idea so he can disavow it if politically expedient. This is the first incident we are aware of that where a state official with the authority to do so has declared the intention to make covid 19 shots mandatory for all residents. Therefore, this action has national significance and we are asking people from all over the US to respond. No doubt this will be the first of many similar measures if we do not take action.
Let's let Gov. Northam know that this idea is not politically expedient. Before you take action on this issue if you value the information, news and advocacy opportunities brought to you be the Autism Action Network please make it possible for us to keep going here, by supporting our one fundraiser of the year that we do in conjunction with the Autism Community Walk TENTATIVELY scheduled for October 18, 2020 at Belmont Lake State Park in Babylon, NY.
Give Governor Northam a call and let him know politely why this is a bad idea:
Governor Ralph Northam, (804) 786-2211
Here are just a few reasons why a mandate is a bad idea: