Legislators are backing off of last year's rush to require schoolgirls to receive a vaccine for the sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer.
Last year, Virginia's legislature was one of only two to mandate that girls get the vaccine for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, out of about 20 states that considered it.
As it stands now, girls entering the sixth grade would get the vaccine beginning next fall unless their parents objected. Legislation that passed a House committee 13-8 Tuesday would push the implementation back to 2010.
Lawmakers who supported pushing the date back said it would allow more time to study the vaccine's effects on young girls and for competing vaccinations to hit the market.