VA SB1116 | 2021 | Regular Session

Status

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)
Status: Introduced on December 21 2020 - 25% progression
Action: 2021-01-18 - Assigned Education sub: Health
Pending: Senate Education: Health Committee
Hearing: Jan 19 @ 4:00 pm in Senate Chamber/Register to speak @ GA Website
Text: Latest bill text (Prefiled) [HTML]

Summary

Powers of State Health Commissioner in epidemic; vaccine; religious tenets or practices. Allows a parent or guardian to object to the vaccination or immunization of a child on the grounds that the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with his religious tenets or practices, even if an emergency or epidemic of disease has been declared by the State Board of Health, which is not allowed under current law. The bill also provides that nothing shall preclude the State Health Commissioner from requiring immediate immunization of all persons in the case of an epidemic of any disease of public health importance for which a vaccine exists other than a person, including a parent or guardian on behalf of a child, who objects on the grounds that the administration of the vaccine conflicts with his religious tenets or practices. Under current law, the only exception to the Commissioner's power to require immediate immunization of all persons in case of an epidemic of any disease of public health importance for which a vaccine exists is for a person to whose health the administration of a vaccine would be detrimental as certified in writing by a physician licensed to practice medicine in the Commonwealth.

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Title

State Health Commissioner; powers during an epidemic, vaccinations, religious tenets or practices.

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History

DateChamberAction
2021-01-18SenateAssigned Education sub: Health
2020-12-21SenateReferred to Committee on Education and Health
2020-12-21SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101449D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
32146(n/a)See Bill Text
32148(n/a)See Bill Text

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