Meningococcal conjugate; immunizations, requirement of one dose before child enters sixth grade. (HB644)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Required immunizations; meningococcal conjugate. Requires the Board of Health to include in regulations governing the immunization of school children a requirement for one dose of meningococcal conjugate (MCV4) vaccine administered before the child enters the sixth grade. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2019. Read the Bill »

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Bill Has Failed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100448D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/17/2018Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #1
01/18/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 1-N)
01/22/2018Impact statement from VDH (HB644)
01/23/2018Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #1
01/23/2018Impact statement from VDH (HB644)
01/30/2018Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3
02/02/2018Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (4-Y 2-N)
02/13/2018Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions


Deborah Hommer writes:

Last year this bill was introduced in both the House (HB1533) and the Senate (SB1519), which failed and was stricken respectively.
Why is the exact same bill being introduced this year?

Stewart depret-guillaume writes:

This is a disturbing and unnecessary bill. The effectiveness not withstanding (none of the 4 cases last year would have been prevented by the vaccine), mandates by law makers over personal medical matters are always a bad idea. Even if the law maker was a medical professional, this removes the patient-provider relationship and the autonomy of providers and parents to make the best decisions for their children and patients. While i personally do not oppose vaccines, i oppose mandates, particularly ones that have no public health benefit whatsoever.
Go fix something broken.

Deverell Pedersen writes:

I agree with the comment above and would add the following:

It is pretty ironic that the government feels it necessary to mandate to me what I must force upon my child when they are fully aware that the vaccine manufacturers are wholly protected from any liability AND that CDC has been caught red handed lying about efficacy and risk to foreign governments and American citizens both. It is wholly inappropriate and highly invasive for the Assembly to believe that these entities, both of which have profit as a core motive, should be trusted with the health of my child. If you think CDC is not about profit, you're not keeping track of the revolving door to big pharma.

The odds of contracting meningococcal disease are about 1,000,000 to 1. The risk of a severe side effect or reaction to the fast tracked vaccine, which has not been thoroughly tested - certainly not on the target population (children) are closer to 100,000 to 1 (source: The Vaccine Book by Dr. Robert Sears, 2007, pg. 164-168). Keep in mind that this estimate was based on CDC data from the 1990s, compiled in 2005/6. Kids today receive at least 1/3 more vaccines if they follow the CDC schedule, therefore, the risk ratio is likely substantially higher.

Once again, the Assembly is laboring under the delusion that they collectively constitute my mother. Back off! There are a staggering number of bills for this legislative session, surely the members of the Assembly can find something truly urgent to address among them.