Leesburg approves vaccine order despite fears of quitting by police


The Town of Leesburg, Loudoun County, now has a COVID-19 vaccine mandate after the council voted to prove the measure on Tuesday.

The Town of Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, now has a COVID-19 vaccine mandate after the Town Council voted to prove Tuesday’s measure.

Under the requirement, town employees will be vaccinated for a full 90 days to keep their jobs.



The town offers religious and medical exemptions, and contractors are exempt. Those under the exemption are required to check with the Leesburg Payment Program on a weekly basis.

“If we don’t do something, we will be wearing masks two years from here,” said Mayor Kelly Burke, speaking on behalf of the mandate.

The vote came two weeks after some local police officials said the vaccine order would lead to protests and mass resignations.

Council member Kari Nassi cited that he voted against the measure.

“There’s a feeling, call it their bluff and see if they leave,” Nancy said. “Our police force is now divided and my biggest concern is that we are losing really good people.”

At a Sept. 28 council meeting, Leesburg Police Department employee Josh Carter said the vaccine mandate “has the potential to destroy the local police force.”

“If you decide to pursue this vaccine, the loss of the authorities is upon you and I’m going to come back and ask what your plan is to keep my family and my neighbors safe. No officers are patrolling our streets or our schools,” Carter said.

Leesburg Police Department employee William Butterfield threatened to find a new job if the vaccine was made compulsory.

“You lose a lot of money that you have invested in me, I thank you.”

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