Allen West, who is running as a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Texas, has announced that he and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19, CBS News reported Saturday.
West’s wife, Angela, reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday after having already gotten vaccinated for both the coronavirus disease and influenza.
1/ After taking COVID and flu shots, Angela West tested positive for COVID yesterday, Friday. Col. West is experiencing a low grade fever and light body aches. Out of concern for public health, Col. West is suspending in-person events until receiving an all-clear indication. pic.twitter.com/Cwpc2XkWVG
— Allen West (@AllenWest) October 9, 2021
West had not received a COVID-19 shot, but was taking precautions because of his exposure to his wife, he said.
“In reading the comments, it appears there is some misunderstanding: Dr. Angela West received the vaccine. LTC West did not. LTC West has publicly stated he supports individual choice and this is reflected in his own family,” West wrote in a follow-up tweet.
The Republican later noted his own X-rays showed COVID-19 pneumonia.
“My chest X-rays do show COVID pneumonia, not serious. I am probably going to be admitted to the hospital,” West wrote in another tweet.
Still against mandates
The positive diagnosis has not changed the Republican’s mind as far as COVID-19 vaccine mandates, however. In other messages posted on social media, he made clear that he’s still 100% a proponent for personal choice.
“As Governor of Texas, I will vehemently crush anyone forcing vaccine mandates in the Lone Star State. There are far better protocols that individual citizens can utilize and decide for themselves,” West tweeted.
“Our bodies are our last sanctuary of liberty and freedom, I will defend that for everyone, even the progressive socialist jackasses who must be saved from themselves,” he added.
The battle over vaccine mandates will continue, as many who have had COVID-19 still fully support the freedom Americans should have to choose whether to be vaccinated.
Given his popularity, especially in Texas, it’s not a stretch to presume that Lt. Col West, his wife, and his family will have many Americans praying for their speedy return to good health.