Note: The following information is provided as a courtesy of VaHomeschoolers and should not be considered legal advice. For legal advice, please contact an licensed attorney.
Virginia’s homeschoolers are subject to the same vaccination laws as public school children. Proof of vaccination is required upon the request of the division superintendent of your local public school.
Virginia allows exemptions from vaccinations for medical and religious reasons.
Know the Law
§32.1-46 of the Code of Virginia discusses which immunizations are required under Virginia law, and addresses religious and medical exemptions from immunizations. §22.1-271.4 of the Code of Virginia requires homeschooled children to comply with the immunization requirements of §32.1-46.
To read the complete text of the law: §32.1-46. Immunization of patients against certain diseases; records.
To read the complete text of the law: §22.1-271.4. Health requirements for home-instructed, exempted, and excused children.
Virginia Administrative Code (12VAC 5-110) addresses immunization requirements for school-aged children in Virginia. Of special interest are 12VAC 5-110-80, which deals with exemptions from immunization, and 12VAC 5-110-130, which addresses parental responsibilities and general penalties for noncompliance with the immunization laws. According to 12VAC 5-110-130 and accompanying statute §32.1-27, willful noncompliance with immunization regulations is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor.
To read the complete text of the law: 12VAC 5-110. Regulations for the Immunization of School Children.
To read the complete text of the law: 12VAC 5-110-80. Exemptions from Immunization Requirements.
To read the complete text of the law: 12VAC5-110-130. Responsibility of parent to have a child immunized.
To read the complete text of the law:§32.1-27. Penalties, injunctions, civil penalties and charges for violations.
Virginia Administrative Code (12VAC 5-110-80) addresses the granting of exemptions from immunizations:
A religious exemption form for immunizations is available through the Virginia Department of Health.
To receive a medical exemption from immunizations, contact your local licensed physician or nurse practitioner.
Inform Yourself Further
The links below are provided for your convenience. VaHomeschoolers takes no position on the vaccination issue.
The Centers for Disease Control’s National Immunization Program provides information about childhood vaccinations.
The Virginia Department of Health’s Division of Immunization site includes law regarding vaccinations and reporting.
The Virginia-based National Vaccine Information Center is “dedicated to the prevention of vaccine injuries and deaths through public education” and “supports the right of citizens to exercise informed consent and make educated, independent vaccination decisions for themselves and their children.” The site provides articles, publications, and links to other sites offering vaccine information.
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