No, Virginia, there’s no new COVID vaccine mandate
An advisory panel voted to add COVID-19 vaccines to the CDC's schedule of childhood immunizations, but that doesn't mean the shot will be required in Virginia or anywhere else.
Be smart: The decision only means that the shots will be added to guidance about what immunizations are recommended at what age.
The only way for the vaccine to become mandatory in Virginia would be by a vote of the General Assembly or a decision by the state Board of Health, which would require a 60-day public comment period.
- Republican House Speaker Todd Gilbert noted neither avenue was likely any time soon.
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