Virginia’s Lt. Gov.-elect compares vaccine status to questions about a person’s DNA


Virginia Lt. gov.-elect Winsome Sears again hesitant to disclose her COVID-19 vaccination status when asked in an interview on Sunday, this time warning that it will lead her to want to test her DNA.

Sears, who will serve alongside Republican Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin after becoming the first woman and first woman of color elected lieutenant governor of Virginia earlier this month, called such a question a “slippery slope.”

“The minute I start telling you about my vaccine status, we’ll be at the bottom of the mountain to figure out how we got there, because now you want to know what’s in my DNA,” the Republican said. CNNDana Bash’s on “State of the Union.”

Sears, who served as a state representative in Virginia, has previously refused to disclose her vaccination status when interviewed by CNN, claiming it is a private matter. She called the news network “liberal hack reporters” on Twitter, although she has also encouraged others to get the coronavirus vaccine.

“If we’re not careful, we’re going to ask for other things because we’ve already established that this is everyone’s business,” she says. told CNN last month.

Youngkin has said he has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and has also encouraged others to get the vaccine, although he has said he is against vaccine mandates.

Covid-19 cases have risen over much of the US in recent weeks after falling nearly two months after the wave of the summer. Virginia is one of the states that has seen high transmission speed. As of Friday, there were 953,460 cases of COVID-19 in Virginia and 14,492 related deaths, according to the the State Ministry of Health.

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