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Congressman Bob Good asks Gov.-elect Youngkin to stop vaccine mandate
FILE PHOTO - Rep. Bob Good (R-VA-5) (WSET)

Congressman Bob Good sent a letter to Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin urging him to declare the Commonwealth a "vaccine mandate free state."

Youngkin will be inaugurated on January 15, the federal vaccine mandate starts January 4th leaving the question-- can he do anything about it after the fact?

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Good wants Youngkin to follow states like Florida and Texas in making this kind of declaration.

Youngkin, throughout his campaign, has said he strongly encourages vaccines, but not mandates.

Lynchburg Commonwealth's Attorney Bethany Harrison says it is still possible for Youngkin to fight mandates if he felt the need.

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"Once Governor Youngkin takes office, even if there are laws and policies put into place, if we have a majority in the house for the slim majority of Republicans, you always have the potential that legislation could be passed or regulations could be changed according to what the Governor believes is best for Virginians," Harrison said.

Harrison adds the mandate will be maintained by OSHA and companies are still waiting to see how it will impact them.

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Youngkin has said in previous interviews that he and his family have gotten the vaccine and he has encouraged all Virginians to get the shot too.


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