Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin has reportedly said he will not push vaccine mandates in the state if elected governor.
“I’ve been pretty transparent in my view on the vaccine: First of all, personally, I’ve gotten the vaccine; my family has gotten the vaccine; I have encouraged people who can get the vaccine where it’s approved to get it, but I will not mandate the vaccine, and I don’t think schools should, particularly for young children,” Youngkin told “Dick Morris Democracy” over the weekend.
“I think that’s a parent’s decision, and I believe in parents’ rights fundamental rights to make decisions with regard to their children. And, as governor, I’m going to make sure I’m standing up for parents’ rights,” he added.
Youngkin’s view contrasts that of Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe. He has supported the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates.
In addition, McAuliffe has come under fire for saying parents should be so involved in public school matters. The view was strongly attacked as Loudoun County schools faced a sexual assualt case.
Further, Attorney General Merrick Garland sent a memorandum to the FBI about stepping up security against parents who are vocal at school board meetings. The National School Board Association even wrote a letter asking the Biden administration to consider disruptive parents “domestic terrorists.”
The controversy has helped make education the number one issue in the race for governor. Youngkin’s view that opposes vaccine mandates and allows more freedom for parents regarding their children in schools is gaining momentum ahead of Tuesday’s election
The voters will soon decide whether Youngkin’s anti-vaccine mandate view should lead the state in the epic conclusion to a heated campaign in Virginia.