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  10:48 am
Commenter: Chad Palmer

The vaccination decision should be decided by patients and their doctors, not the state
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. All medical decisions should be made between a patient (and parents for minors) and their doctor, not a government agent who has no medical knowledge of individual patients.
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 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.
4) 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. Also children have very little risk with covid. The risks with the shot outweigh the risks of covid for kids.
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