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Lieutenant Governor-elect of Virginia compares vaccine status to DNA investigation

Virginia Lieutenant Governor-elect Winsome Sears was once again hesitant to disclose his COVID-19 vaccination status when asked in an interview on Sunday, this time warning that it would lead to wanting to examine his DNA.

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

“As soon as I start talking to you about my immunization status, we’re going to come down to the bottom of the mountain to try to figure out how we got there, because now you’ll want to know what’s in my DNA,” he said. declared the Republican. told CNN’s Dana Bash on State of the Union.

Sears, who served as a state delegate in Virginia, previously refused to disclose her vaccination status in a CNN interview, insisting it is a private matter. She called the news network a “liberal hacking journalist” on Twitter, although she also encouraged others to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

“If we’re not careful we’ll start asking for other things because we’ve already determined that it’s everyone’s business,” she told CNN last month.

Youngkin said he was vaccinated against COVID-19 and also encouraged others to get vaccinated, although he said he was opposed to vaccination warrants.

COVID-19 cases have increased across much of the United States over the past two weeks after falling almost two months from the summer outbreak. Virginia is one of the states that has experienced a high transmission rate. As of Friday, there had been 953,460 cases of COVID-19 in Virginia and 14,492 related deaths, according to the state Department of Health.

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