Immunizations; authority of the Commissioner of Health, exception. (HB5016)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) with support from co-patrons Del. John Avoli (R-Staunton), and Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Immunizations; authority of the Commissioner of Health; exception. Eliminates the authority of the Commissioner of Health to require immunization of individuals who object to such administration on religious grounds. Read the Bill »

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Bill Has Failed


08/14/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200642D
08/14/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
08/21/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5016)
08/25/2020Tabled in Health, Welfare and Institutions (11-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)


Matt West writes:

Virginians need stronger legislative protection from a health commissioner who would rush to mandate a new, unproven vaccine. A new vaccine should first be available to willing participants for the initial 18-24 months, such time being necessary for other, lower-risk individuals to observe and evaluate its longer term safety and efficacy. History provides some unnerving examples of dangers to public health when a vaccine is rushed through R&D into production. Examples include Cutter polio vaccine that accidentally contained live polio virus, 1955; polio vaccines containing a cancer-causing simian virus, 1955-63; Swine flu vaccine that caused Guillain Barre syndrome, 1976; and rotavirus vaccine and infant bowel obstruction, 1998-99.

Ed Daniel writes:

It’s not just the efficacy of the vaccine at issue here. It is the fundamental right to privacy and control over a citizens own body and soul.