Winsome Sears, who was recently elected lieutenant governor of Virginia, declined to confirm whether she had been vaccinated against Covid-19.
During an interview Sunday morning, CNN host Dana Bash was asked whether or not she had been vaccinated against Covid-19.
The elected deputy governor refused to answer directly. Instead, she took off in a strange situation claiming that such questions were a “slippery slope[e]Which leads to questions about her ‘DNA’.
“And so we understand this, this thing about slippery slopes,” she said. “The minute I start telling you my vaccine status, we’re going to be at the bottom of the mountain trying to figure out how we got there because now you want to know what’s in my DNA, you’re going to want to Knowing this, this and the other.”
Ms. Sears’ remark is the latest from a group of Republican politicians who have chosen to make public recognition of vaccination status a political issue.
The Republican Party is opposed to President Joe Biden’s vaccination mandate, which requires companies with more than 100 employees to require vaccinations or regular testing for workers. The authorization also extends to all federal employees as well as Medicare and geriatric professionals.
Ms. Sears, along with other Republicans, has publicly opposed efforts to stem the spread of the virus such as mandates for masks, vaccination mandates, and other restrictions on public life.
The United States has the highest number of deaths related to Covid-19 of any country. Nearly 800,000 Americans have died of Covid-19 since the pandemic began.
The newly elected Virginia came up with misinformation about Covid-19 during her interview. I wondered why people with Covid-19 antibodies would be required or encouraged to receive a vaccine, ignoring the possibility of Covid-19 recurring.
“Let us ask ourselves, if the purpose of the Covid vaccine is to prevent us from getting Covid, why should those who have contracted Covid get the vaccine? One does not follow the other,” she said.
The Covid-19 vaccine has been shown to broadly reduce the risk of infection with the virus in general but also reduce the severity of symptoms of superinfection. Those who contract Covid-19 after vaccination require hospitalization at a much lower rate than unvaccinated people.
Sears won the office in early November after a painful campaign against Democrats Terry McAuliffe and Haya Ayala. Adversaries unsuccessfully attempted to link Governor-elect Glenn Yongkin and Mrs. Sears to former President Donald Trump and the January 6 attack on the Capitol.