Human papillomavirus vaccine; optional for female students before entering the sixth grade. (SB1230)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) with support from co-patrons Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Mount Vernon), Sen. Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria), and Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Required vaccinations; adds human papillomavirus vaccine. Requires females to receive three doses of properly spaced human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The first dose shall be administered before the child enters the sixth grade. This bill contains a delayed effective date of September 1, 2008. Amends § 32.1-46, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


04/05/2007: enacted


  • 01/10/2007 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 072474744
  • 01/10/2007 Referred to Committee on Education and Health
  • 01/22/2007 Impact statement from DPB (SB1230)
  • 01/25/2007 Rereferred to Finance
  • 01/30/2007 Reported from Finance with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/31/2007 Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
  • 02/01/2007 Read second time
  • 02/01/2007 Reading of amendment waived
  • 02/01/2007 Committee amendment agreed to
  • 02/01/2007 Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1230E
  • 02/01/2007 Printed as engrossed 072474744-E
  • 02/02/2007 Impact statement from DPB (SB1230E)
  • 02/02/2007 Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
  • 02/02/2007 VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/02/2007 Communicated to House
  • 02/06/2007 Placed on Calendar
  • 02/06/2007 Read first time
  • 02/06/2007 Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
  • 02/13/2007 Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (14-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/13/2007 Committee substitute printed 077669744-H1
  • 02/14/2007 Read second time
  • 02/15/2007 Read third time
  • 02/15/2007 Committee substitute agreed to 077669744-H1
  • 02/15/2007 Amendment by Delegate Marshall, R. G. rejected
  • 02/15/2007 Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1230H1
  • 02/15/2007 Passed House with substitute (66-Y 32-N 1-A)
  • 02/15/2007 Impact statement from DPB (SB1230H1)
  • 02/19/2007 House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
  • 02/19/2007 VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/28/2007 Enrolled
  • 02/28/2007 Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1230ER)
  • 03/01/2007 Signed by Speaker
  • 03/02/2007 Signed by President
  • 03/19/2007 Impact statement from DPB (SB1230ER)
  • 03/26/2007 Governor's recommendation received by Senate
  • 04/03/2007 Placed on Calendar
  • 04/04/2007 House concurred in Governor's recommendation (81-Y 17-N)
  • 04/04/2007 G Governor's recommendation adopted
  • 04/04/2007 VOTE: ADOPTION (81-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
  • 04/04/2007 Reenrolled
  • 04/04/2007 Reenrolled bill text (SB1230ER2)
  • 04/04/2007 Signed by President as reenrolled
  • 04/04/2007 Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
  • 04/05/2007 Enacted, Chapter (effective 10/1/08)
  • 04/05/2007 Enacted, Chapter 922 (effective 10/1/08)
  • 04/11/2007 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0922)


jennae writes:

why would anyone NOT support a cancer vaccine?

Gerbera writes:

I'm a little leery of the government mandating what is still a relatively new vaccine for all little girls. It seems to be a rash move and Merck has said they're going to stop pushing for states to pass these sorts of bills.

It would be great to stamp out cervical cancer, unvaccinated girls are going to spread HPV by everyday contact with classmates.

On a related note: 50% of the sexually active population (male and female) will have HPV at some point. By the age of 50, 80% of women will have had it.

Gerbera writes:

It would be great to stamp out cervical cancer, unvaccinated girls are going to spread HPV by everyday contact with classmates.

OH NO! I didn't proof that.

I meant that little girls ARE NOT going to spread HPV by everyday contact. It's an STD.

Whew...sorry about that!

Gerbera writes:

They've added this language:

After having reviewed materials describing the link between the human papillomavirus and cervical cancer approved for such use by the Board, a parent or guardian may elect, on an appropriate form prescribed by the Board, for his child not to receive the human papillomavirus vaccine.

James writes:

Yes this does sound like a good idea but mandating it is a little strong. If virginia has to do something to make them feel good about themselves they need to just highly recommend it to the people. Let them make their own decision if they feel it's safe enough for their own daughters.

anson parker writes:

The perversity of this plan is awe inspiring.

On one level take a step back - $1000 worth of drug and we're telling our 11 year old girls that this protects them from a disease. Scary thought...

On a chemical level, however, this is tantamount to a systemic rape of our young ladies. Every one of these girls will now have an identical genomic tag inserted into their systems. And folks act like an embedded subdermal microchip is freaky - THIS IS AN EMBEDDED GENOME!!! Unlike antibodies developed on an individual basis vaccinated women and girls will now be lined up for any maligned ghoul to purport any biological warfare with ease - we're giving the keys to the corpus out. Take the rosie glasses off, thinking caps on... a homogenous DNA is the surefire plan to prepare our society for the next killer virus.

HPV is a deadly disease, and everyone agrees it should be fought. We must step back and work towards mending a society that neglects children to the extent that such an abhorent plan becomes seemingly viable.