Cong.. Roy Tells Biden: VA Secretary should Put Veterans 1st, Drop 'Unacceptable Employee Vaccine Mandate


“These vaccine mandates are unacceptable and antithetical to the freedoms the veterans you serve fought to defend.”

Texas Insider Report WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, May 4th, Congressman Chip Roy (TX-21) sent a strongly worded letter to President Biden's Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Denis McDonough, demanding answers on how the agency plans to implement its COVID-19 vaccine mandate on VA employees, asked how it plans to process employees’ exemption requests, and strongly expressed his opposition to Sect. McDonough’s decision to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for the VA's employees.

“VA employees should not have to face losing their livelihoods over a personal medical decision – particularly when evidence shows that the COVID-19 vaccine does not prevent contraction or transmission of the virus,” Rep. Roy wrote.

“These vaccine mandates are unacceptable and antithetical to the freedoms the veterans you serve fought to defend.”

 
Rep. Roy pointed out how the vaccine mandate may restrict veterans’ access to care and increase wait times, particularly in rural areas. He also raised concerns with reports that the VA may not accept all employees’ religious or medical vaccine exemption requests.

“A number of VA employees have contacted my office worried that they will have to choose between the job they love or following tenets of their faith.

“As a country founded on religious liberty, there is no right more precious than this. Your Administration is bound by the Constitution to protect these rights
,” his letter reads.

Rep. Roy concluded by pressing Secretary McDonough for answers on how the VA plans to implement the mandate and process employees’ vaccine exemption requests.
 
  • The full text of the letter is available here.

 
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