Singing, “USA! USA!” Hundreds of people gathered at the Oklahoma Statehouse in Oklahoma City on Saturday to protest the coronavirus mask and vaccine warrants and to fight for their “freedom” to make their own choice.
Protesters sang patriotic songs inside the building’s rotunda and held up placards with slogans such as: “No vaccine warrant”, “Medical freedom warrant” and “Protect our freedom” during the protest dubbed the Oklahoma Freedom Rally, according to KOCO-TV in Oklahoma. City.
“I don’t want us to be mandated for masks or vaccines because it’s our right to choose what’s best for us,” a protester told FOX 25 from Oklahoma City. “So that’s why I’m here – to support the freedom to choose.”
“I don’t want to see us being mandated for masks or vaccines because it’s our right to choose what’s best for us.”
Ralliers called on Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, to protect the Oklahomans from any mandate. The state’s health ministry is urging the public to get vaccinated and while it is not able to mandate it, some private companies in the state have taken the step, the station reported.
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“I dressed in PPE, got into people’s cars, dabbed them then unsuitable, brought samples back to the lab, then got dressed again and tested them for COVID,” he said. said Chezney Thompson, a phlebologist who attended the rally. FOX 25. “I’ve been doing this for two years, and now all of a sudden they’re pushing this vaccine or they’re going to rob me of my livelihood.”
The rally took place as the delta variant continued to spread across the state and country.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye has broken with the recommendation of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that all people, regardless of their immunization status, wear face masks. interior.
“There are, again, parts of our state where, you know, there’s just – they just don’t have the population density and if they are – if they’re fully vaccinated and feel in a safe environment, then I wouldn’t – I’m not going to say they have to wear a mask, ”he said, according to KOCO.
The state is facing a legal challenge over its ban on mask warrants in schools.
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Protester Donna Teeter, who told FOX 25 her sister could lose her nursing job, said she hoped Stitt would issue an executive order banning warrants until lawmakers can pass new legislation.
“We cannot hold on until the next session,” she said.
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