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Tim Kaine on Vaccines

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What is Senator Tim Kaine’s position on vaccines?

We know that Governor Mike Pence lobbied against an Indiana bill whose goal was to increase low HPV vaccination rates in the state and allowed critics to change the Indiana State Department of Health’s evidence-based public health messaging practices, despite urging from many health experts in the state.

On the other hand, in 2007, then Governor Kaine of Virginia signed an immunization law that required all girls in sixth grade to get the HPV vaccine. Virginia became the first state to require the HPV vaccine for middle school students, following Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s HPV executive order vaccinating students that was later overturned.

Tim Kaine did add an amendment to the law that made it easier for parents to opt out of the HPV vaccine, easier than other vaccines in Virginia.

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