February 21, 2007
Legislation that would require school girls to receive a vaccine for HPV or the human papillomavirus has passed throught the General Assembly an is now headed for Governor Kaine's desk.
The House and Senate passed bills requiring all girls entering the sixth grade to get the vaccine but the bill could face some scrutiny after Govenror Tim Kaine reviews it.
Kevin Hall, the governor's spokesman, says that Kaine supports expanded access to the vaccine but that he wants to review the opt-out revisions written in to the legislation.
The bill would give parents the option of reviewing information about the vaccine and excusing their daughters from taking it.
Kaine has until March to decide whether to sign the bill in to law, amend it, or veto it.