2020 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5005 (Committee Approved)

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VDH Plan for Equitable Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine & Other Medication (language only)

Item 299 #1h

Item 299 #1h

Health and Human Resources
Department of Health


Page 109, after line 3, insert:

"I. The Department of Health shall convene a work group, which shall include the Commonwealth's Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer and representatives of the Office of Health Equity of the Department of Health, the Department of Emergency Management, and such other stakeholders as the department shall deem appropriate and which may be an existing work group or other entity previously convened for a related purpose, to (i) evaluate the methods by which vaccines and other medications necessary to treat or prevent the spread of COVID-19 are made available to the public, (ii) identify and develop a plan to implement specific actions necessary to ensure such vaccines and other medications are equitably distributed in the Commonwealth to ensure all residents of the Commonwealth are able to access such vaccines and other medications, and (iii) make recommendations for any statutory, regulatory, or budgetary actions necessary to implement such plan. The Department shall make an initial report on its activities and any findings to the Chairs of the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committee on Education and Health by November 1, 2020, and shall report monthly thereafter."


(This amendment directs the Virginia Department of Health to convene a work group to examine and develop a plan to ensure that vaccines and other medications to treat or prevent the spread of COVID-19 are equitably distributed in the Commonwealth. It is the intent of the General Assembly that this item be set out upon enrolling.)