Immunizations; authority of the Commissioner of Health, religious exception. (HB783)

Introduced By

Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun) with support from co-patron Del. Ronnie Campbell (R-Raphine)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Immunizations; authority of the Commissioner of Health; religious exception. Exempts a person, including a parent or guardian on behalf of a child, who objects to administration of a vaccine on religious grounds from mandatory immunization requirements during an epidemic. Currently, exemption from mandatory immunization requirements during an epidemic is available only to those persons to whose health the administration of the vaccine would be detrimental, as certified in writing by a licensed physician. Read the Bill »

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Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102615D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/17/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB783)
01/25/2022Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #1
02/01/2022Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (9-Y 0-N)
02/15/2022Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions


Dee Martworthy writes:

“Religious exemptions” for vaccines have been abused and used fraudulently in other states who set up similar allowances.
In the interest of public health, this bill is not necessary and possibly dangerous, since a majority of people seeking to use this exemption have no standardized or well-researched information justifying the danger to the general public.
I oppose this bill.

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