GOP Virginia Lt. Gov.-elect won't say if she is vaccinated against COVID-19

Republican Virginia Lt. Gov.-elect Winsome Sears on Sunday would not share her COVID-19 vaccination status following last month when she declined to say if she is vaccinated, contending that asking about such statuses becomes a “slippery slope” because it can lead to requests for other medical information.

Asked by co-host Dana BashDana BashDemocratic caucus chairs call for Boebert committee assignment removal GOP governor says McCarthy should condemn Boebert's anti-Muslim remarks Democrats optimistic as social spending bill heads to Senate MORE on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday if she wanted to reveal her vaccination status now that the campaign is over, Sears again refused to disclose any details, sounding the alarm about revealing personal medical information.

“As I said, America, if it's nothing else, it's about liberty. It's about being able to live your life free from the government telling you what to do,” Sears said.

“And so we understand this, this thing about slippery slopes. The minute that I start telling you about my vaccine status, we're gonna be down 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 gonna want to know this, that and the other,” she added.

The lieutenant governor-elect, who has encouraged people to get vaccinated while objecting to mandates, said people should have the option of getting inoculated, but it should not be forced on anyone.

“Let's say you get the vaccine, go ahead and get the vaccine, if that's what you want to do, get the vaccine. Don't force it on anybody else,” she said.

Winsome, who previously served as a state delegate in Virginia, won the state’s race for lieutenant governor earlier this month, making history as the first woman and Black woman to hold the post.