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Virginia Health Commissioner Says COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Mandatory

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Virginia Health Commissioner Says COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Mandatory

Virginia’s state Health Commissioner, Dr. Norman Oliver, says he will mandate a COVID-19 vaccine for all citizens if/when one becomes available. Under Virginia’s law, the Health Commissioner has the authority to mandate any vaccine under public health emergency pretenses.

“It is killing people now, we don’t have a treatment for it and if we develop a vaccine that can prevent it from spreading in the community we will save hundreds and hundreds of lives,” Oliver said to ABC’s Richmond affiliate.

It would be possible to bypass taking the COVID-19 vaccine with an appropriate medical exemption. As for now, the Virginia General Assembly is proposing a bill that would allow for religious exemptions under such a scenario. Of course, Dr. Oliver is in direct opposition of the bill which would somewhat thwart efforts at mandating a vaccine on nearly the entire state’s population. And a battle it would be, given that one in three Americans aren’t for taking a new COVID-19 vaccine. Religious exemptions would most certainly fly from the shelves whenever available.

But Dr. Oliver claims there’d be no safety risk at the point a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine bill is instituted.

“We would not launch a campaign around mass vaccination with anything that hasn’t proven to be safe,” Oliver said.

Oliver simply doesn’t believe that citizens of Virginia deserve a choice.

In terms of non-compliance punishments, none have been established as of yet.

Author: Jim Satney

PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.

Please visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date COVID-19 information.

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