School board member recovering after being infected with COVID-19 | News – Community News

School board member recovering after being infected with COVID-19 | News

Loudoun’s school board member John Beatty (Catoctin District) announced on Monday that he has COVID-19 and has “almost fully recovered” from the highly contagious disease.

“I’m following the CDC’s recommended quarantine guidelines,” he told the Times-Mirror in an email. “I am very grateful that I only had a mild case, and I would like to encourage others to contact their neighbors with compassion and help if they contract the virus rather than fear.”

Beatty first said he contracted the virus while explaining his absence at Monday’s school board meeting. Beatty appeared on video during the hearing and told school board chair Brenda Sheridan (Sterling District): “I am unable to attend as I am recovering from COVID-19.”

In his email to the Times-Mirror, Beatty did not respond to a question about when he tested positive for the virus, nor did he know how he contracted it.

Beatty said he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19, citing ethical concerns over the development of the vaccines.

“I chose not to be vaccinated because of the ethical concerns surrounding this vaccine and the use of aborted fetal cells during the testing phase of development,” he said.

“In my case, the benefits of the vaccine outweighed the moral weight,” Beatty said. “I don’t begrudge others for making the best decision for themselves and their families and encourage people to get vaccinated if that’s their wish, but I don’t agree with forced vaccine mandates.”

According to an Associated Press fact-checking article published in October, the Pfizer vaccine was tested using a cell line originated in a fetus in the 1970s. However, the cells used to test the vaccine, the paper states, are cloned copies of the original fetal cells.