In 2011, Johnson tweeted “No to mandatory vaccines,” but asked in an interview with VPR Wednesday about his position, Johnson said he now believes that vaccinations should be mandatory. I’ve come to find out that without mandatory vaccines, the vaccines that would in fact be issued would not be effective,” he said. it’s dependent that you have mandatory vaccines so that every child is immune. If I don’t want my child to have a vaccine and you want yours to, let yours have the vaccine and they’ll be immune.’ Well, it turns out that that’s not the case, and it may sound terribly uninformed on my part, but I didn’t realize that.” Johnson was referring to the concept of “herd immunity,” also known as community immunity.

Otherwise, not all children will be immune even though they receive a vaccine.” Johnson said he believes vaccination policy should be handled at the local level. If it ends up to be a federal issue, I would come down on the side of science and I would probably require that vaccine,” he said. “It’s an evolution actually just in the last few months, just in the last month or so,” he said. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, has spoken in support of mandating vaccination.

In general, Johnson has said he supports welcoming refugees to the United States. This post was updated with audio of Johnson's responses, and edited to clarify that the comments were made in an interview with VPR. Due to violations of VPR's comments policy by a number of users on this post, comments are now closed.

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— approved by a regulatory board that people can trust. As a medical doctor, there was a time when I looked very closely at those issues, and not all those issues were completely resolved. Gary Johnson has been pretty quiet on his stance on vaccinations.

There were concerns with physicians about what the vaccination schedule meant, the toxic substances like mercury which used to be rampant in vaccines. He did, however tweet in 2011 a pretty cryptic "No to mandatory vaccines." The context of the tweet is not clear nor is his stance — as the statement was made five years ago.

The debate on whether or not to vaccinate your child is one that is shrouded in a lot of confusion and misinformation.

As rumors and myths pertaining to vaccinations continue to spread, the discussion about vaccines is more critical than ever — especially in this upcoming election.

Not all presidential candidates support mandatory vaccination.

Green Party nominee Jill Stein has reportedly said there are "questions that need to be addressed" about the health effects of vaccines.

Republican nominee Donald Trump has made the false claim on Twitter that vaccines have in “many” cases caused autism.

In the VPR interview, Johnson also said local communities (like Rutland) should be allowed to decide whether or not they wish to welcome refugees.

In 1993, Clinton "spearheaded the Childhood Immunization Initiative and the Vaccines for Children program which aimed to make vaccines affordable." This is great news.