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  10:24 am
Commenter: Patrick McDermott

Amendments to Regulations for the Immunization of School Children [12 VAC 5 ? 110]

I am writing to request that you amend the Regulations for the Immunization of School Children - you should drop the requirements or at least reduce their burden on Virginians.

1) Informed consent should be the foundation of the state's immunization program. 
The regulations fail to acknowledge the role of informed consent, the legal right to be fully and accurately informed about the benefits and risks of a medical intervention and allow parents to make a voluntary decision about whether to accept the risk of vaccination without being coerced or punished. The state should move AWAY from a mandatory requirement.  Where there is risk, there must be choice.
2) The right to a medical exemption must be protected
The regulation should be strengthened to protect an individual’s right to a medical exemption.   
3) The state should not require vaccines for children taught at home
Regulations requiring vaccinations for children taught at home are an overreach of the state’s authority and infringe on the rights of parents.  If parent choose to home school, they should have choice over vaccination.
4) The COVID-19 vaccines should not be added to the vaccine schedule
There is substantial evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines are neither safe nor effective, and are associated with heart inflammation and other serious side effects. Again, where this is risk there must be choice. This vaccine should remain voluntary.
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