Hundreds of people gathered outside the Michigan State Capitol on Friday to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Carrying signs with slogans such as “Jab or Job? Wrong!” and “Let me call my shots,” the demonstrators heard speakers criticize government officials and urge their audience to contact elected representatives to express their opposition. Michigan State University student Julie Radford and her team from Americans Against Forced Vaccinations attended to speak out against MSU’s new policy requiring proof of vaccinations in order to return to campus.
Radford said, “We were asked to come speak because we have a lot of momentum going with our petition to president Stanley about not mandating the vaccine.” According to Radford, they’re not asking for an abolishment altogether; What they’re asking for is a choice on whether or not to receive it.
Radford said, “For those of us who have antibodies who have recovered from COVID, like myself, or people who are against it for religious reasons, we just want the freedom to choose whether or not we put it in our bodies.”
People like Mackenzie McGraw say the vaccine is a scheme put in place by businesses and the government to gain control. McGraw said, “I think it’s all corrupt and it’s all controlled and it’s to keep people from working and to keep people dependent on the government.”
Universities requiring vaccinations include the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University. Hospital systems doing so include Beaumont Health, Spectrum Health, the Henry Ford Health System, Ascension Health and Trinity Health. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has maintained the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. The CDC also has said that people who have already recovered from COVID-19 should still get vaccinated.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
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