Hundreds of protestors take on Times Square over vaccine mandate in NYC

Hundreds of protestors demonstrated against COVID-19 vaccine mandates in New York City’s Time Square.

There was a range of signs at the event, including one that said, “Government protect my rights, I protect my health” and another calling for the impeachment of President Biden. Other protestors waved Don’t Tread on Me Flags and held banners advocating for “COVID Vaccine Victims.” Last month, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled plans to implement a vaccine passport across the state, dubbing it the “Key to New York Pass.”

The plan would require businesses to ask customers for proof of vaccination when dining at restaurants, grocery shopping, attending entertainment events, and working. Hesitancy surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine remains strong, despite last month’s surge in cases due to the delta variant and an increase in vaccination efforts by the Biden administration.

According to a recent poll, “More than half [of respondents] say getting vaccinated is a bigger risk to their health than getting infected with coronavirus, and a quarter says the vaccines are effective at keeping vaccinated people from dying from COVID-19 or getting seriously ill.”

Regarding new variants and the recent surge in cases, “Three-fourths of unvaccinated adults, including nine in ten of those who say they will ‘definitely not’ get the vaccine, say they are ‘not worried’ about getting seriously sick from the virus, less than half say they are worried about the Delta variant worsening the pandemic.”




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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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