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Incoming Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears said that disclosing her vaccination status is a ‘slippery slope’ that would lead to questions about what’s in her DNA

Republican Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears is the first woman and the first woman of color to be elected to the lieutenant governorship in Virginia. ...
Former Republican Delegate Winsome Sears celebrates winning the race for Lt. Governor of Virginia as she introduces Republican candidate for Governor Glenn Youngkin during an election night party in Chantilly, Virginia, on November 3, 2021.
Former Republican Delegate Winsome Sears celebrates winning the race for Lt. Governor of Virginia as she introduces Republican candidate for Governor Glenn Youngkin during an election night party in Chantilly, Virginia, on November 3, 2021.

  • Republican Winsome Sears defeated Democrat Hala Ayala in the Virginia lieutenant governor election.
  • Sears has encouraged others to get vaccinated against COVID-19 but has not said if she has done so.
  • Sears said that vaccinations have been politicized and the US should prioritize freedom.

During a Sunday interview with CNN correspondent Dana Bash, incoming Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears said that she will not disclose whether she has gotten vaccinated against COVID-19, despite encouraging others to do so, CNN reported.

When Bash asked Sears why it's acceptable for Virginia to mandate childhood vaccinations for other diseases but not COVID-19, Sears said that vaccinations have become politicized and the US is based on freedom, so our country should "let liberty shine."

Bash pressed Sears further about her own vaccination status, which she declined to share.

"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," Sears responded.

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When Sears, a Republican, was elected over Democratic candidate Hala Ayala on November 2, she became the first woman and the first woman of color to hold the lieutenant governorship.

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