Virginia Lt. Gov.-elect Winsome SearsWhen asked Sunday about her COVID-19 status, she refused to disclose it. This time, however they warned that this would lead to her wanting 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 that I start telling you about my vaccine status, we’re going to be down the bottom of the mountain trying to figure out how we got there, because now you’ll want to know what’s in my DNA,” the Republican told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”

Sears, who served as a state delegate in Virginia, has previously refused to disclose her vaccination status when interviewed by CNN, insisting that it’s a private matter. She has referred to the news network as “liberal hack reporters” on TwitterAlthough she is a strong advocate for the vaccine, others should also be encouraged to obtain it.

“If we’re not careful, we’re going to start asking for other things, because we have already determined that this is everybody’s business,” she told CNN last month.

Youngkin stated that he was vaccinated for COVID-19, and has encouraged others to do the same. However, he said he opposes mandated vaccines.

COVID-19 Cases have been rising across much of the U.S. over the past couple of weeks after a near two-month drop from the summer’s surge. Virginia is one of the affected states. There have been 953,460 COVID-19-related deaths in Virginia as of Friday. state’s Department of Health.


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