Anti-Vax protesters destroy COVID-19 test site in Manhattan

  • Anti-vaxxers toppled a mobile COVID test site in New York during a march against the city’s vaccination mandate.
  • From Monday, all city workers, including teachers, were to be vaccinated or tested weekly.
  • Mayor de Blasio said 95% of elementary school staff had received at least one vaccine dose Monday morning.

Anti-vaccine protesters in Manhattan tore down a mobile COVID-19 test site tent during a demonstration Monday against the vaccine mandate in New York City, Vice News reported.

Protesters marched through the city to demonstrate against a city-wide mandate requiring all city workers — including teachers and school staff — to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested weekly. The march eventually gathered outside the Department of Education in Brooklyn.

During the demonstration, some protesters overturned a tent and turned over tables and chairs at a mobile test center on Union Square in New York.

New York City’s vaccination mandate for school teachers and staff went into effect on October 4, the same day as the protest.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday morning, 95% of the city’s 148,000 elementary school staff had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the Associated Press reported.

“Our parents need to know that their children will be safe,” de Blasio said, referring to the AP report. “They are leaving their children to us. That is what this mandate is about. Every adult in our schools is now vaccinated and that will be the rule in the future.”

The New York Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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