Hundreds protest against vaccine warrant for children at California State Capitol – CBS Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Protesters on the steps of the California State Capitol called on Monday for an end of COVID-19 vaccine mandates in schools.

The protest drew activists from across the state. Hundreds of people gathered to relay their message loud and clear.

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“We are completely against any kind of COVID-19 vaccination mandate for children,” activist Joshua Cole said. “We don’t think it’s necessary. We believe that parents can make their own decisions for the health of their children.

The rally was organized by the group Our children, our choice.

“We don’t think I need a vaccine,” said fourth-grader Mayliah Rodriguez.

Rodriguez and his mother, Melinda, chartered a bus from Visalia.

The Williams family has traveled over 400 miles from Riverside.

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“We left at 1:30 am and said we had to be here”

Some schools already require vaccines. The state of California could implement the mandate as early as July 2022.

Hastings law professor John Myer has said Gov. Gavin Newsom has the right to demand vaccines.

“Parental rights are not absolute, even when they are based on religious beliefs,” Myer said. “The state can interfere and override parental objections when a child’s health or safety is in danger. “

But activists like John Adams Academy art professor Alina Krohn say the goal is to get lawmakers to listen and press pause on all COVID vaccine mandates.

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“I won’t take anyone’s mandate,” Krohn said. “They can’t force me to do anything, even if it means my job.”

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