MANHATTAN – Hundreds of anti-vaccination activists descended upon Central Park on Saturday to declare “freedom over fear” and denounce Dr. Anthony Fauci, the President’s chief medical adviser— before embarking on a march to protest what they claim are ‘forced’ Covid-19 vaccinations.[email protected] for use
“It would be great if we could see your smile,” a man in ‘my body, my choice’ tee shirt told a masked photographer at the event for Upper East Site, attempting to coerce the photog to go mask-free.
Prominent signs among the crowd of anti-vaxxers read “Segregation is morally wrong” and “We demand equal rights now!”– other signs included nazi references and imagery.
Some anti-vaccine activists believe they are the victims of persecution for choosing not to receive one of the three Covid-19 vaccines made available to Americans through the Food & Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization.
“I am seeing indifference all around us,” the man in the ‘my body, my choice tee’ announced from a microphone on the steps in front of Central Park’s Bethesda fountain, “the psychological operation with the masks on us to forget who we are as human beings… it is dangerous and we are running out of time.”
The crowd of hundreds of presumably unvaccinated and maskless activists chanted “freedom over fear” as they marched through Central Park to Columbus Circle.
More than 58% of New Yorkers in the five boroughs have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine according to the Department of Health and Mental Hygeine— that jumps to 70% receiving at lease one dose when looking at adults only.
The Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island have the lowest vaccination rates citywide as the highly-contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus has rapidly become the dominant strain in NYC— accounting for 57% of new Covid cases over the last four weeks.
At today’s march, anti-vax demonstrators made it clear, they would accept ‘no vaccine mandates’— such as the one issued by Mayor de Blasio to workers at New York City Health + Hospitals facilities.