Perry wrote in a Facebook post in September: “People, if you want the vaccine, get the vaccine. But if you don’t want the vaccine, don’t worry about being forced or fired.”
Perry is one of dozens of House members who have tested positive for the virus since the US pandemic broke out, with at least 10 members testing positive since early August.
On Monday, the hardline House Freedom Caucus chose Perry as its next chairman.
Perry, a known ally of former President Donald Trump, has come under scrutiny for his role in undoing the 2020 presidential election, and his interactions related to those efforts could be of great interest to the selected House committee that investigating the January 6 Capitol uprising.