Virginia’s State Health Commissioner announced Friday that he will mandate the coronavirus vaccine for all Virginia residents once it’s publicly available.
Virginia state law grants Commissioner of Health Dr. Norman Oliver the authority to require mass vaccinations during a “public health crisis.”
Only individuals with medical exemptions would be exempt from the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine, which is thought to be released in early 2021.
From ABC News 8:
State Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver told 8News on Friday that he plans to mandate coronavirus vaccinations for Virginians once one is made available to the public.
Virginia state law gives the Commissioner of Health the authority to mandate immediate immunizations during a public health crisis if a vaccine is available. Health officials say an immunization could be released as early as 2021.
Dr. Oliver says that, as long as he is still the Health Commissioner, he intends to mandate the coronavirus vaccine.
“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.