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Governor Justice Takes COVID-19 Vaccine While GOP Caucus Members Circulate Anti-Vaccine Petition

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Governor Justice Takes COVID-19 Vaccine While GOP Caucus Members Circulate Anti-Vaccine Petition

December 15, 2020

For Immediate Release:

December 15, 2020

Contact: Brittni McGuire, Brittni@wvdemocrats.com 

Governor Justice Takes COVID-19 Vaccine While GOP Caucus Members Circulate Anti-Vaccine Petition

(Charleston, WV) Yesterday Governor Jim Justice took the COVID-19 vaccine live to provide an example for West Virginians while his own legislative leadership is doing the opposite. 

For weeks Governor Justice has touted the vaccine and encouraged West Virginians to get it when it becomes available. Governor Justice has also implemented several mask mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In stark contrast to Governor Justice, his own Republican Leadership in the legislature has been loud about their opposition to masks and the vaccine. 

“It seems Governor Justice was trying to set an example for his own caucus members yesterday while receiving the vaccine,” said WVDP Chairwoman Belinda Biafore. “Republican leaders have been loud with their opposition to masks and the vaccine during this entire pandemic and now they are getting sworn in without wearing masks and circulating an anti-vaccine petition.” 

Republican Legislative Caucus members have been shown not wearing masks while performing their swearing-in ceremonies and have circulated a petition against the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The Republican Party now has a supermajority in the legislature, but it seems this is going to be a problem and not a benefit since they are already infighting during one of the most serious times West Virginia has seen.

“I’m sure Governor Justice is frustrated with members of his own Party during such a tragic time when West Virginians deserve better. There is clearly already a rift between Governor Justice and Republican Leadership.” 

You can find the petition by GOP Delegate Derrick Evans here: https://bit.ly/37nHs6V

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