Flood of vaccine mandates prompts wave of protests

by KRISTINE FRAZAO, Sinclair Broadcast Group | Tuesday, July 27th 2021

WASHINGTON (SBG) — Protests are breaking out across the country, with people rallying against vaccine mandates.

Early this month it was outside Idaho’s State House in Boise, as those outside and in responded.

“This idea of discriminating against and firing employees based on private and personal health decisions flies in the face of the principles of liberty and justice,” said Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho.

More than 600 colleges campuses have already announced COVID-19 vaccines will be required for students, employees or both, according to The Chronicle Higher Education.

Ohio Wesleyan University is one of those places and if students refuse, they can transfer or take a leave of absence.

“It just seems like maybe it’s bordering on the edge of being unethical. It’s my senior year. Why would you put me through this?” said Jenny Cromlish, a senior there, in an interview with WSYX.

University officials, argue the reason is simple – to keep those on and around campus safe.

“We feel a moral responsibility to the community as a whole and in particular to those who are most vulnerable,” said Rockwell Jones, President, of Ohio Wesleyan University.

This back-and-forth battle is playing out in schools as well as state and local governments and now even higher up — in the federal government. The Department of Veterans Affairs the first federal agency to require it but probably won’t be the last, with COVID cases continuing to rise.

“We cannot go through what we went through over the past year we you can’t. I can’t the economy can’t,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., during a press conference Monday.

New York City is now requiring city workers to get vaccinated or submit to weekly tests though some complain that comes before vaccines are even FDA approved.

“The fact that it hasn’t been approved raise is a concern why hasn’t the federal government approve this. Our members are up in arms over this,” said Oren Barzilay, President of Local 2507, which represents EMTs, paramedics and fire inspectors.

This new chapter of the global pandemic is prompting a new wave of concerns over health, safety and freedom.