Former Governor Terry McAuliffe’s (D) campaign for governor announced Monday that all staff should receive the full coronavirus vaccine as the delta variant of the virus spreads in parts of the country.
“In the interest of public health and the safety and well-being of our team, Terry for Virginia has made the decision to require full vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment in the campaign,” said the campaign manager for McAuliffe, Chris Bolling, in a statement. .
“The only way that we are really going to end this pandemic and keep our economy strong is by vaccinating all eligible Virginians as quickly as possible,” he continued. “The health, safety and well-being of our staff, collaborators and volunteers is our top priority, and this is another important step to protect our community and overcome this pandemic.”
McAuliffe’s Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin, has not said whether he will require his staff to receive the coronavirus. Youngkin encouraged Virginia voters to get vaccinated in a tweet earlier this month, but added that they have the right to make that decision on their own.
“The data shows the COVID vaccine life jacket. That is why I chose to get the “Virginians have the right to decide for themselves, but if you are in a high risk category, I especially encourage you to get vaccinated,” Youngkin tweeted.
The debate over vaccine mandates has aligned with parties as cases of the delta variant rise among unvaccinated Americans. More than a dozen House Democrats have asked the Capitol doctor to require proof of vaccination or at least twice weekly tests on Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, the Secretary of Defense Lloyd AustinLloyd Austin Senate Confirms Biden’s Choice for Secretary of the Navy The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – McConnell Plays a ‘Long Game’ with Government Funding, Reconciliation Austin is expected to seek clearance to make the vaccination is mandatory for active duty troops MORE released a memo on Monday announcing that the Pentagon would require all military personnel to be vaccinated by Sept. 15.