Virginia General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Health Care Recommends No Changes to Vaccine Exemptions
Good news for Virginians, from Richmond.com.
The General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Health Care on Wednesday recommended making no changes to the state’s regulations on possible exemptions, including religious reasons, for otherwise-mandatory school vaccinations.
The decision came after the commission received more than 700 comments on the subject, the majority of which were in favor of taking no action.
The issue was brought before the commission at the bequest of Dels. Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, and Christopher P. Stolle, R-Virginia Beach, who introduced a bill during the most recent General Assembly session that would have removed religious exemptions as a valid reason not to have a child vaccinated.
Filler-Corn and Stolle struck the bill and requested the commission research whether non-medical exemptions should be tightened.
The bill received a great deal of attention from those against mandatory vaccinations, most of whom wore red to Wednesday’s meeting, which was held at the General Assembly building in downtown Richmond. Some in red wore T-shirts and hats supporting President-elect Donald Trump.
Most brought their children with them, and one young boy held a sign that said: “Vote ‘No’ to Mandatory Vaccines.” When the commission recommended taking no action, the crowd cheered.
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