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NEW YORK (AP) — New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Andrew Giuliani said he will not be allowed to personally participate in an upcoming primary debate because he has refused to submit evidence that he has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

At a news conference Sunday outside the offices of CBS-TV, which airs the debate Monday night, the son of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said he has chosen not to be vaccinated, but will inform organizers of the Debate would have told him he would take multiple tests leading up to and including Debate Day.

Andrew Giuliani said he was initially told to only take a test on the day of the debate, then was told to show proof of vaccination.

“I told them I wouldn’t,” he said. “I don’t think that’s something even someone who chose to get the shot should do from a constitutional standpoint.”

In an emailed statement, a CBS-TV spokesperson said the policy requiring visitors to the broadcast center was introduced last year, in consultation with health care experts and government officials.

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“Any candidate who does not meet this requirement is encouraged to participate remotely in Monday’s debate. We look forward to giving Republican candidates the opportunity Monday night to voice their opinion on matters important to the residents of New York State.”

Giuliani has said he will debate remotely. Former adviser to former President Donald Trump faces Rep. Lee Zeldin, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and businessman Harry Wilson in the primary.

Giuliani has criticized vaccine mandates in New York City, saying on Sunday that if elected, he will restore jobs to public employees fired for not getting the vaccine.

He said he chose not to be vaccinated “for a number of different reasons,” including the fact that federal health officials have said the vaccine “doesn’t really stop the transmission of COVID-19.”

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