Virginia State Health Commissioner Says He Will Mandate the COVID Vaccine

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Virginia State Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver, who has the authority to mandate immediate vaccinations during a public health crisis under state law, said that he plans to require coronavirus immunizations for Virginian residents when it is available, as he claims there is no current treatment for COVID-19.

Only people with a medical exemption may refuse the mandate, but the Virginia General Assembly is considering a bill to allow a religious exemption to opt-out of the forced vaccine. Dr. Oliver strongly opposes this bill.

A recent Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that only 42% of all Americans said they would get vaccinated “if and when a coronavirus vaccine becomes available.”

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.

Under state law, only people with a medical exemption could refuse the mandate.

The Virginia General Assembly is considering a bill during an ongoing special session that would allow people with religious opposition to opt-out of the requirement. The bill needs to clear a committee in the House of Delegates before the full chamber could vote on it.

Oliver says he strongly opposes the bill. He doesn’t know what the punishment would be for non-compliance but expects that most people will respond well to the mandate.

Meanwhile, a new poll suggests more than one in three Americans aren’t interested in getting a coronavirus vaccine. Even though health officials say it will be safe, some have raised concerns about the speed of development.

“We would not launch a campaign around mass vaccination with anything that hasn’t proven to be safe,” Oliver said.

Virginia Freedom Keepers Director of Communications Kathleen Medaries, a mother of three from Chesterfield, says this is a matter of medical choice.

“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue. It’s not a pro-vaccine or anti-vaccine issue, ” Medaries said. “For me, it’s an issue of being able to assess each vaccine for myself and my family one at a time.”

Oliver believes that, in the case of COVID-19, public health takes precedent over choice. He said herd immunity is the state’s best defense to stop the spread.

“He shouldn’t be the one person to make a decision for all of Virginians,” Medaries responded.

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G.M. Woodard, Ph.D.
G.M. Woodard, Ph.D.
8 months ago

No one has the “authority” to mandate health treatments to anyone else. This is fascism. Dr. Oliver just signed his own death warrant. Talk about racist: He will attack black poor people across the Commonwealth with the poison that is this bioweapon injectable, and will earn all of our hatred. What a pitiable, thoughtless tool for the cult this fool is.

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 months ago

If you are in his jurisdiction, why don’t you write him and tell him as much?

richard mason
richard mason
8 months ago

who’s going to prove it’s safe? Bill Gates?

Pat Duck
Pat Duck
8 months ago

He doesn’t look too friendly. He says there’s no cure. People believe what they want to believe–maybe they don’t have time to learn about successful cures and prevention that violate CDC or FDA policy. Maybe he’s more loyal to authority than truth–depends on his background. If I lived in Virginia my house would be up for sale and I’d be visiting ND, SD, WY and other least restrictive states. Conflicting info, so it takes extra research.

Harald
Harald
8 months ago

To paraphrase the words of Thomas Jefferson with the sentiment of General Patton: From time to time the tree of liberty needs to be refreshed with the blood of tyrants….

Gourdhead
Gourdhead
8 months ago

He’s not an elected official so I doubt his authority. He could pound sand as far as I am concerned.

Angelica
Angelica
8 months ago

That lunatic is so puffed up with pride he can’t think straight. Somebody should wake him up with a foot up his posterior. Virginians better get off their TV and computers and let that goofball knows that he does not and never did have control over what goes into their bodies! When did these fools think they gained so much power? I just joined a coalition in my state for vaccine choice. If they come knocking at my door they’ll be sprayed with mace.

Beata Smith
Beata Smith
8 months ago

Having seen the video from Del Bigtree about the pushback on Coronavirus and hearing what was said about the effectiveness of the flu vaccine (about 1 1/2 hour into the video), and its similarity to the oncoming Covid vaccine, I have a few things to say about mandated Covid vaccines.The vaccine, like the flu vaccines, only might reduce symptoms of sickness in as few as 10% of people who are vaccinated against it. It cannot prevent Covid, and vaccinated persons do not prevent any others from getting sick. As far as being the only remedy, look at what it does–only… Read more »

Beata Smith
Beata Smith
8 months ago

Correction to my previous post:This is a preparation for people to swallow the lie about vaccinated persons being less infectious than others, even that they cannot infect anyone. 

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 months ago
Reply to  Beata Smith

Great post! At least I understood your ‘typo’ and what you actually meant.

Still a brilliant post

Cal
Cal
8 months ago

“Virginia State Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver, who has the authority to mandate immediate vaccinations during a public health crisis, ….” In the USA only those who actually serve within the legislative body – fed or state, can lawfully make any legislation that is binding on the American people. The US Constitution which is the supreme contract for ALL who serve within our governments, remembering that even state Constitutions cannot change the US Constitution, but must follow it. Article 6, Clause 2 of the Constitution is known as the Supremacy Clause: This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 months ago
Reply to  Cal

In Europe we have the Nuremberg Codes. I am not sure how binding it is or how to enforce holding this to account — quickly quickly.

David Hess
David Hess
8 months ago

They have no authority to mandate a vaccine and ban the use of hydroxychloroquine.

Beata
Beata
8 months ago

Let’s get the long list of vaccine side effects out and show that off. The side effects for any vaccine includes all the symptoms of Covid plus much, much more, including death. To force the entire world’s population, or any population of people, or even any one person, to risk those side effects is not science, not medically sound, is evil because of the harm it will inevitably cause, and should be criminal. This is especially so considering that most people don’t even show any symptoms for Covid when given positive test results. And are they planning to administer a… Read more »

Beata
Beata
8 months ago

The hypocrisy is distressing–encouraging mandatory Covid testing and yet not enforcing proper long-term testing of a Covid vaccine which has had no success in the past few decades, a horrifying 100% death rate with the SARS and Coronavirus vaccines. Covid is supposed to be Coronavirus. That term was given up months ago, but should not be forgotten.

FreeOregon
FreeOregon
8 months ago

The new holocaust? How many will walk to the metaphoric gas chambers and not resist this time?