Though the federal government is asking states to prepare for the possibility of a COVID-19 vaccine within months, Virginians differ on whether the vaccine should be mandatory when it becomes available.
Virginia Freedom Keepers, a nonprofit that advocates for medical freedom, gathered in Richmond last week for a “March Against Mandates,” in protest of the statewide mask mandate, as well as a potential vaccine mandate, in response to COVID-19. The General Assembly is currently holding a special session to discuss the budget, along with COVID-19 and criminal justice reform measures.
Virginia Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver said in a recent interview with ABC-8 (WRIC-TV) that if he is still Virginia’s acting Health Commissioner when a COVID-19 vaccine is made available, he will make immunization mandatory.
“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 hun...
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