Protesters oppose mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations

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(photo: Dottie Terwilliger-Thoby)

TOWN OF WALLKILL – Dozens of men and women lined Route 211 in the Town of Wallkill on Monday afternoon carrying signs opposing mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations.

One sign read, “Don’t fire frontline heroes,” a reference to a state mandate that all healthcare workers must be vaccinated against the deadly disease that has killed over 55,000 New York residents.

Other signs read, “Let me call my owns shots,” and “We do not co-parent with the government.”

While the protesters lined up outside, they stood shoulder to shoulder with no masks.

Health officials nationwide have said 80 to 90 percent of those who catch the virus are unvaccinated. It could not be learned if any of the protesters had received COVID-19 shots of their own free will.

The state mandate is set to go into effect on September 27. The local group plans to protest at the same Route 211 location every Monday from 4 p.m. yo 6 p.m. until then.

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