Contradicting his Health Commissioner, Governor Northam announced he has no plans to make the COVID-19 vaccination mandatory once it has been released for public use.
Virginia Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver announced on Friday his plans to make COVID-19 mandatory.
Reported by WAVY.com, Virginia Health Department spokesperson Maria Reppas stated:
When Dr. Oliver spoke of his support of a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine for adults, he was sharing his personal opinion as a physician. Currently, the Northam administration has taken no official policy position on whether or not a COVID-19 vaccine for adults should be mandatory. VDH regrets this error.
Governor Northam’s spokesperson Alena Yarmosky said in a statement:
“We are focused on accessibility, affordability, and fair distribution of a vaccine—not on a mandate.”
In a separate email she added:
“When a vaccine becomes available, we’re confident that Virginians will seek it out. That’s why we don’t have plans for a mandate,”
Delegate Dave LaRock introduced bills in the House of Delegates that would have exempted Virginians from a mandatory vaccine based on religious beliefs. Those bills were defeated by the Democrats after abbreviated hearings and very little public input. In one week, Promise Keepers had 10,000 signatures on a petition in support of the bills. Democrat politicians will allow nothing to pass that even hints at religious beliefs.