Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Virginia Department of Health
State Board of Health
Regulations for the Immunization of School Children [12 VAC 5 ‑ 110]
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11/28/22  10:18 am
Commenter: Dave White

Vaccines for home-schooled children are unnecessary and an overreach of government

As home-schooling parents of 3 healthy children, we provide testimony that our children have only had holistic healthcare in their lives and are physically larger, stronger, and more robust than the average child of their respective ages. 

We would especially like to demand that Section 12VAC5-110-130 not apply to home-instructed school children, as it is totally unnecessary and an overreach of the government.

Furthermore, we fully support the following points:

1) Informed consent should be the foundation of the state's immunization program.
The regulations fail to acknowledge the principle of informed consent, the legal right to be fully and accurately informed about the benefits and risks of a medical intervention, including a pharmaceutical product, and the right to make a voluntary decision about whether to accept the risk for oneself or their minor child without being coerced or punished. The state should move from a mandatory, one size all vaccination schedule to one that allows parents to decide which vaccines their child receives or does not receive. Where there is risk, there must be choice. At a minimum, the regulations should be amended to include a definition of informed consent.
2) The right to a medical exemption must be protected
Medical exemptions are very difficult to obtain largely because doctors fear reprisal from the state’s medical regulatory bodies that grant medical licenses and board certifications, and exemptions are often refused by school or health authorities. The regulation should be strengthened to protect an individual’s right to a medical exemption.   
3) The COVID-19 vaccines should not be added to the vaccine schedule
There is now ample evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines are associated with heart inflammation and other side effects. Myocarditis and pericarditis are inflammatory conditions that can lead to cardiac arrhythmia and death. There is also ample evidence that the shots do not prevent transmission. Again, where this is risk there must be choice. This vaccine should remain voluntary.
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