Locals in California City Protest State Vaccine Mandates

Over 1,000 people gathered outside Kaiser Permanente in Roseville, California, to protest the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates and to call for “freedom, not force.” Organizers said the protest had an unprecedented turnout, with healthcare workers, law enforcement officials, and families standing all along Rocky Ridge Drive and Douglas Boulevard. Attendees could be seen holding American flags as well as banners and signs calling for freedom of choice regarding vaccines. According to the California Department of Public Health’s Aug. 5 mandate, all California healthcare workers are required to “have their first dose of a one-dose regimen or their second dose of a two-dose regimen by September 30, 2021.” Sella, protest organizer and co-founder of Healthcare Workers for Freedom, said during the protest: “Coercion is not consent; force is not freedom. Every human deserves the freedom to choose. Every human deserves the right to informed consent.” Healthcare workers attending the protest argued …

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