Congressman Barry Moore, an outspoken critic of mask mandates and vaccine passports at private businesses, revealed on Twitter Friday afternoon that he and his wife have tested positive for COVID.
— Rep. Barry Moore (@RepBarryMoore) August 20, 2021
It’s unclear if Moore has symptoms — and if so, their severity — but the Republican congressman said, “to every extent possible, I will continue working virtually while recovering in quarantine.”
In the tweet, Moore also encouraged people to talk to their doctors about the vaccines and “ therapies.”
“Now is the time to act — don’t wait until you or someone you love is sick,” Moore said.
The vaccination encouragement from Moore is quite a change of tone. At the end of July, he joined fellow Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in co-sponsoring the “We Will Not Comply Act,” which challenged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s mandate that all House members — vaccinated or not — wear masks while in the chambers.
On social media and in a variety of radio and TV interviews, Moore has criticized Democratic efforts to get more people vaccinated, calling vaccine requirements for workers and military members “government overreach” and calling mask mandates “government control.”