Thousands protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandate in New York City

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“NEW YORK—Thousands of people opposed to the harsh COVID-19 vaccine mandates being imposed in New York City protested on Monday.

The large group, estimated to be in the thousands, gathered at Foley Square in the borough of Manhattan and later marched across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Their message: the city’s vaccine mandate for Department of Education employees infringes upon their freedom.

One of the featured speakers was Del Bigtree, host of The High Wire podcast. He told The Epoch Times: “This is the biggest crowd we’ve seen yet. This is going to start happening all over this nation. “The government of the United States needs to do this for us to win, it’s pressuring us to become the citizens and the freedom fighters that we need to be to maintain the brilliance of this country.”

All New York City educators will have to provide proof that they received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose starting Sept. 27 under the city’s vaccine mandate.

Those who don’t comply were originally told they’d be fired. An arbitrator, though, ruled last week that teachers who are granted religious or medical exemptions must be retained and assigned to non-classroom work.

The ruling was a win for the United Federation of Teachers, a teachers union, but Kane said it didn’t go far enough.

Teachers for Choice plans to file lawsuits soon on behalf of teachers and other city workers in federal court against the mandate and others like it.”

Read the full article at The Epoch Times.

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