Thousands Rally in California against COVID Vaccine Mandate for Students (+Video)
- November, 16, 2021 - 13:25
- World news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – As top health officials and state leaders in California urge parents to get their children vaccinated as soon as possible, people filled the North Steps of the State Capitol Monday to again protest the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Parents, grandparents and children alike gathered to send a message to Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The walkout came after the governor’s announcement last month requiring the vaccine for in-person school attendance after the vaccine received full approval from federal and state experts, ABC reported.
At the time, Gov. Newsom said the state already requires vaccines for other viruses and there’s no reason why California would not do the same with COVID-19. He noted doctors have repeatedly urged parents to vaccinate their children against the virus to help stop the spread.
Back at the rally, organizers said it boils down to freedom.
This is the second time in the last month that parents and organizers put on a demonstration at the capitol and they plan to rally there again in early 2022 as soon as the California Legislature reconvenes.
California voters had their chance to remove Newsom just two months ago but overwhelmingly decided to keep him in office. Organizers today though pointed to what happened in the Virginia governor’s race, saying when parents are upset, they take back control.
Event organizers said nothing has changed since their last rally in October. In fact, Newsom extended the emergency order for another three months.