If the signs being brandished at the Massachusetts State House Sunday were any indication, a lot of Bay State parents aren’t planning to roll over when it comes to mandatory influenza vaccine shots for their children.
Gov. Charlie Baker announced Aug. 19 that flu vaccinations will be required for all students 6 months or older who attend child care, pre-school, school and college in Massachusetts, in an attempt to reduce the possibility of the health care system becoming overburdened by the dual punch of COVID-19 and the typical seasonal flu.
The decision drew immediate blowback from many parents and others concerned that the order was an example of government overreach. And on Sunday, protesters crowded along Beacon Street to express their displeasure, occasionally chanting, “We will not comply, we will not comply!,” according to The Boston Globe.
Signs admonished Baker that “Parents Call The Shots,” “Coercion Is Not Consent,” and “Mama Is Pissed!” At least one protester waved a large flag emblazoned with “Trump 2020: No More Bullsh–.”
Students must get the influenza vaccine by Dec. 31, the state Department of Public Health said in a statement.
Here’s what Sunday’s protest looked like:
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