As Leesburg Town Council Again Refuses to Reconsider Mandate, Resignations Begin

It was déjà vu all over again during last week’s Leesburg Town Council meeting, as a council majority removed from consideration a vote to repeal its previous action mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for the town’s full- and part-time employees, and most of its board and commission members.

Councilwoman Suzanne Fox initially sought a vote on rescinding the council’s Oct. 12 action at the council’s Nov. 9 meeting. But then, as was the case last week, Councilman Neil Steinberg put forward a vote to adopt the evening’s business meeting agenda without the motion to rescind the action. Both times the vote passed 5-2, with Fox and Councilwoman Kari Nacy dissenting.

Both those for and against the vaccine mandate again spoke out during the petitioner’s section of the Nov. 23 council meeting, either praising or scolding council members for choosing not to entertain a vote on the recission.

Nacy asked the matter to again be added to the council’s Dec. 14 agenda for a vote. That meeting will be perhaps the council’s last opportunity to consider repealing the vaccine mandate, barring an as-yet-unscheduled special meeting. All town employees and board and commission members who are required to comply with the mandate must have either both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Jan. 11, or face termination. The council elected not to offer a testing-in-lieu-of-vaccination option, similar to the policy adopted by the county Board of Supervisors. 

While the council has been warned by some of its own town employees that resignations would be forthcoming, data provided by Public Information Officer Betsy Arnett indicates that may have already begun, with more than a month left to still comply with the mandate.

Between Oct. 12, the night of the council’s vote on the mandate, to this week, 11 of the town’s 351 full-time employees have submitted their resignations. However, Arnett clarified, none indicated that their resignations were caused by the mandate.

Of the town’s 391 part-time employees, three have indicated their resignations were because of the mandate. Twenty-eight part-time employees left town employment because the their seasonal positions ended or they were returning to school, she said. 

Five of the 77 members of the town’s advisory boards and commissions have resigned, but only one of those individuals cited the mandate as a reason. Under the council’s policy, all members of the town’s advisory bodies, with the exception of the state code-mandated Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Commission, are required to comply with the mandate. 

krodriguez@loudounnow.com

23 thoughts on “As Leesburg Town Council Again Refuses to Reconsider Mandate, Resignations Begin

  • 2021-11-30 at 3:12 pm
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    If folks don’t want a Covid vaccination, that’s their prerogative. But perhaps they’re not well-suited for government work. The wave of the future seems to be vaccinations for all. Good luck to the Leesburg employees who’ve resigned. I wish them the best in their future endeavors. Happy Hanukkah Loudoun!

  • 2021-11-30 at 4:45 pm
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    Well done Leesburg for doing everything necessary to protect your citizens and taxpayers. Clearly those resigning for the requirement never had your town’s interest or safety in mind.

    • 2021-12-01 at 11:35 am
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      Mularky. Fauci was insubordinate and still is. That’s how we got here. Thanks for playing.

  • 2021-11-30 at 4:54 pm
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    What kind of town do we live in, when you have no choice whether to get a chemical injected into your body or loose your job? HEIL town council!!

  • 2021-11-30 at 6:16 pm
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    The headline made me think the resignation numbers would actually be bad. They’re not.

    • 2021-12-01 at 11:37 am
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      That’s because people are scared of losing a way to provide for their families. The Nazi’s understood how powerful of a tool fear was too.

  • 2021-11-30 at 7:02 pm
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    Town Council members need to read the study from the American Heart Association’s Journal, “Circulation.” In fact, all they need to read is the title of its abstract: “Abstract 10712: Mrna COVID Vaccines Dramatically Increase Endothelial Inflammatory Markers and ACS Risk as Measured by the PuLS Cardiac Test: a Warning.” The last sentence of the Abstract is: “We conclude that the mRNA vacs dramatically increase inflammation on the endothelium and T cell infiltration of cardiac muscle and may account for the observations of increased thrombosis, cardiomyopathy, and other vascular events following vaccination.
    Perhaps that is why Mrs. Barbara Orandello of Leesburg who was in good health had a massive brain bleed the day after her second dose. She is now entirely paralyzed on her left side (7/8/21 Laura Ingraham Show).
    The Council does not know what it is doing. The vaccines are under an Emergency use Authorization that may not be legally mandated by a government. Also, under the EuA, manufacturers cannot be sued!

    • 2021-12-01 at 1:41 pm
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      WRONG and disinformation. The vaccines are fully approved.

  • 2021-11-30 at 7:06 pm
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    Don’t let the door hit your butt on the way out. How selfish not to protect not only yourself, but those you work with and then the general public. Stop listening to the anal GOP with their anti mask/vax stance. How public safety concerns got into the political arena is sad. Had the former low IQ president grasped how dangerous Covid was to America, the better shape we would be in. But, here we are. Can you imagine I heard today that Ronnie Jackson, now a congressman from Texas is blaming the Omicron is an invention of the Democrats? And another woman in the GOP equated Dr. Fauci with Dr. Mengele, the “angel of death”, from Nazi Germany, really? Is this how low we have fallen? No one groused when we were told to “buckle up” or get a ticket, what happended to that America?

    • 2021-12-01 at 11:38 am
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      Joe Biden can’t remember if he’s supposed to wear a mask or not. Lebron is infected. Tell us again how your belief in Fauci is saving you again?

    • 2021-12-01 at 12:22 pm
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      Wearing a seat belt won’t harm my heart… cause my brain to bleed… or release lipid particles into my body that collect who knows where. The problem is… we simply don’t know how these mRNA injections will affect us in a few years. Even worse, they are still being administered under an EMERGENCY AUTHORIZED USE, which means it’s a violation of the Nuremberg Code to mandate them. The only shot that has been approved (Comirnaty) isn’t even available in the U.S. right now. People think they’re getting an FDA-approved injection, but it’s legally and formulaically distinct from Comirnaty. Yes, Covid can be dangerous. But since it’s an animal reservoir virus (unlike polio or chicken pox) you will never be able to eradicate it. It can and will transfer back and forth from humans to animals. The sooner we accept that the virus is here to stay and learn how to prevent and treat it, the better we’ll all be mentally and physically.

  • 2021-11-30 at 7:13 pm
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    I spent a few days in Manhattan last week. Let me tell you what it looks like when a city (or state or town for that matter) follows science and acts responsibly. You must show proof of vaccination and a photo ID to enter any restaurant, movie theater, public space, etc. So what happens when freedom is abused with government overreach like that? Well, the economy is booming, people are out and visiting restaurants, theaters, etc. In short, it’s coming back from COVID. We here fool around with all this “you can’t take my freedom” nonsense for anti-vaxers and what do we have? A rise in infections and something like the next variant on the horizon that will bring our economy to a halt again.

    • 2021-12-01 at 1:50 pm
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      This past weekend, I watched 115,000 people enjoy a thrilling football game at the Big House in Ann Arbor.
      That’s the spirit of America!
      Not ID checks and insane people who want to control others.

    • 2021-12-01 at 4:58 pm
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      What is the science? If you have the Vaxx you can spread Covid, No?

      If you have the Vaxx then you can get Covid, No?

      If you have the Vaxx then why care about someone who doesn’t want the Vaxx?

      You’ve had the Vaxx so you are safe, No?

  • 2021-12-01 at 11:40 am
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    We follow the science!

    Blindly? That’s not how you are supposed to science.

    How long before all the vax advocates start getting sick and dying before they start blaming Trump for the vaccine failures and deaths?

  • 2021-12-01 at 1:23 pm
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    “Vaccinations for all”! That’s Bill Gates’s line. I hope not. This experimental mRNA technology used in the so-called vaccines is proving less than desired. The vaccinated can still get the disease and pass it on to others. The vaccines are not without serious side effects. The COVID-19 vaccine has a specific spike protein that doesn’t work for the variants. A caring politician would never mandate this “leaky” (poor performing) vaccine that can be risky for some people, who know the virus has over a 99% survival rate if early treatment is used. The human cost of COVID-19 vaccine mandates far exceed their benefit.

  • 2021-12-01 at 2:15 pm
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    Suppose a government takes power and mandates certain medical treatments for certain classes or types of people? It won’t take long for every person to conceive of a nightmare scenario.

    We are on the verge of granting power and setting precedence that we really don’t want to cede to the federal or even state government.

    Reason has gone out the window in the past few years. Be careful what you demand from this government because the next one may use those powers against you.

  • 2021-12-01 at 4:54 pm
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    Sounds to me as if the Town of Leesburg doesn’t believe in the Vaxx.

    If you have the Vaxx then you are safe, No?

    So why worry about those that don’t have the Vaxx.

    If you have the Vaxx you can still spread Covid, If you have the Vaxx you can still get Covid, No?

    If someone wants to get sick then why should anyone who has had the Vaxx care?

  • 2021-12-01 at 5:31 pm
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    And all the people chanting Let’s Go Brandan at football games were going to get sick, lmao!

  • 2021-12-02 at 4:29 am
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    The discussion is always interesting when the theme becomes we need to protect those who are already vaccinated. I thought that was the job of the vaccine? Merry Christmas.

  • 2021-12-02 at 9:57 am
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    I have no general issue with the mandate but why does it apply to all employees but only some board and commission members?

  • 2021-12-16 at 8:09 am
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    It’s not AHA, it’s an abstract in their journal and the author may be questionable.
    https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/circ.144.suppl_1.10712

    The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association urges all U.S. adults and children 12 and older to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible, noting that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the rare, possible risk of heart-related complications. Learn more here.

    https://www.heart.org/en/coronavirus/coronavirus-questions/questions-about-covid-19-vaccination

    Are COVID-19 vaccine safe if you have heart problems?
    Not only are the vaccines safe for people with a history of heart disease, they are essential. People with heart disease are at increased risk of severe complications from COVID-19.Aug 17, 2021

    Many people who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines also are eligible for a booster shot, six months or more after completing their initial shot series. Eligible people include those:

    Age 65 and older.
    Age 18 or older living in long-term care facilities.
    Age 18 or older working in high-risk settings. This includes health care workers and first responders; education and day care staff; manufacturing, agricultural, postal, public transit and grocery workers; and people in homeless shelters or prisons.
    Age 18 or older who have underlying medical conditions. These high-risk conditions include cardiovascular disease such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy and stroke; diabetes; overweight or obesity; chronic lung or kidney disease; and pregnancy.

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