‘It’s a War Call’: Thousands Are Flooding the Streets of New York City to Protest the Vaccine Mandate

More than 1,000 people once again flooded the streets of New York City to protest the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, then gathered in Columbus Circle, where speakers fueled the crowd.

One woman said, ‘This is a war call. This is a fight. Get out of here and do something… Fight for your rights.’

As the demonstration unfolded on Saturday afternoon, Mayor Bill di Blasio tweeted photos from Harlem and praised the work of the Hope of Harlem faith community during the COVID-19 community action.

The protest is in response to the new requirement for people aged 12 and older to prove that they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to enter restaurants or bars, gyms and indoor entertainment such as movies and theaters. .

The new mandate – called “Key to NYC” – took effect on August 17.

The mayor also said New York City will require all employees of the Department of Education to have received at least one dose of the vaccine by Sept. 27.

Thousands of New Yorkers protested the city's COVID-19 mandate on August 28

Thousands of New Yorkers protested the city’s COVID-19 mandate on August 28

Protesters held placards reading “Stop the tyranny,” “I prefer dangerous freedom to peaceful slavery,” and “Coercion is not consent,” among dozens of others on Aug. 28

As protesters marched, they chanted things like, “My body, my choice,” which was a rallying cry for people against vaccine mandates on Aug. 28.

After marching through the streets of Manhattan, they gathered in Columbus Circle on August 28 to listen to fiery speeches.

After marching through the streets of Manhattan, they gathered in Columbus Circle on August 28 to listen to fiery speeches.

After marching through the streets of Manhattan, they gathered in Columbus Circle on August 28 to listen to fiery speeches.

People who oppose the vaccine mandate have argued that they would rather take their risk with COVID-19 and let their immune systems fight it than get a vaccine whose long-term effects are unknown

People who oppose the vaccine mandate have argued that they would rather take their risk with COVID-19 and let their immune systems fight it than get a vaccine whose long-term effects are unknown

People who oppose the vaccine mandate have argued that they would rather take their risk with COVID-19 and let their immune systems fight it than get a vaccine whose long-term effects are unknown

The crowd in New York City on August 28 was a mix of different races and backgrounds

The crowd in New York City on August 28 was a mix of different races and backgrounds

The crowd in New York City on August 28 was a mix of different races and backgrounds

A protester raises a sign why they believe the vaccine is bad

A protester raises a sign why they believe the vaccine is bad

A protester raises a sign why they believe the vaccine is bad

Vaccine Mandate Has Been Called 'UnAmerican' Against Vaccine By Some

Vaccine Mandate Has Been Called 'UnAmerican' Against Vaccine By Some

Vaccine Mandate Has Been Called ‘UnAmerican’ Against Vaccine By Some

Protesters have been flocking to the Big Apple all week.

City union workers – especially teachers – have become outraged at the city’s mandate. Some teachers have announced they are leaving the union and NYC’s PBA is threatening to sue the city.

Protesters chanted statements such as “My body, my choice” on their way to Columbus Circle Saturday afternoon.

They held placards including “Stop medical tyranny,” “I prefer dangerous freedom to peaceful slavery,” and “Coercion is not consent.”

People who oppose the vaccine have argued that they are concerned about the long-term effects of the vaccine and hint at breakthrough cases of why the vaccine is not working.

On the other side of the argument, health professionals and NYC decision-makers who instituted the mandate have said that most COVID-19 cases today are due to the highly contagious ‘Delta’ variant.

The variant has hit unvaccinated populations hard, and vaccinated people have been able to manage symptoms.

A man argues with people taking part in an anti-vaccine mandate demonstration in Columbus Circle on Aug. 28

A man argues with people taking part in an anti-vaccine mandate demonstration in Columbus Circle on Aug. 28

A man argues with people taking part in an anti-vaccine mandate demonstration in Columbus Circle on Aug. 28

Thousands gathered in Columbus Circle on Aug. 28 to protest forced vaccinations, including union workers such as teachers and nurses

Thousands gathered in Columbus Circle on Aug. 28 to protest forced vaccinations, including union workers such as teachers and nurses

Thousands gathered in Columbus Circle on Aug. 28 to protest forced vaccinations, including union workers such as teachers and nurses

People - like this woman - have claimed that they are not anti-vaxxers;  they are for the right to choose

People - like this woman - have claimed that they are not anti-vaxxers;  they are for the right to choose

People – like this woman – have claimed that they are not anti-vaxxers; they are for the right to choose

A man is holding the sign with the phrase 'My body, my choice'.  Classism at its Best

A man is holding the sign with the phrase 'My body, my choice'.  Classism at its Best

A man is holding the sign with the phrase ‘My body, my choice’. Classism at its Best” on August 28 in New York City

The slogan 'My body, my choice' - worn on t-shirts by these women in NYC on August 28 - has become a rallying cry for those who oppose the vaccine

The slogan 'My body, my choice' - worn on t-shirts by these women in NYC on August 28 - has become a rallying cry for those who oppose the vaccine

The slogan ‘My body, my choice’ – worn on t-shirts by these women in NYC on August 28 – has become a rallying cry for those who oppose the vaccine

A protester uses a Dr.  Seuss inspired poem to protest against the mandate

A protester uses a Dr.  Seuss inspired poem to protest against the mandate

A protester uses a Dr. Seuss inspired poem to protest against the mandate

People listen to speeches in New York City on Aug. 28 during a demonstration against the vaccine mandate

People listen to speeches in New York City on Aug. 28 during a demonstration against the vaccine mandate

People listen to speeches in New York City on Aug. 28 during a demonstration against the vaccine mandate

A woman holds a sign that reads 'health freedom' during the August 28 protests in NYC against forced COVID-19 vaccinations

A woman holds a sign that reads 'health freedom' during the August 28 protests in NYC against forced COVID-19 vaccinations

A woman holds a sign that reads ‘health freedom’ during the August 28 protests in NYC against forced COVID-19 vaccinations

In New York City, the seven-day average of new cases has fallen nearly 16 percent since last week, and the seven-day average of hospital admissions has also fallen since last week, according to the New York Times. CDC.

And 86.4 percent of adults (aged 18 and older) have at least one dose of the vaccine, and 76 percent are fully vaccinated, according to the latest figures from the CDC.

In comparison, 73.3 percent of the entire U.S. population has at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the CDC.

The New York City Department of Health said there are currently 1,805 cases on a seven-day moving average, which is considered “stable” — no major increase or decrease.

More than 97 percent of all active NYC cases are caused by the ‘Delta’ variant, according to the city Ministry of Health.

These are the latest COVID-19 statistics in the United States

These are the latest COVID-19 statistics in the United States

These are the latest COVID-19 statistics in the United States

Similar protests took place across the pond in the UK, with thousands of protesters taking to the streets of central London to protest as they continue their campaign against mandatory vaccines and COVID-19 passports.

Protesters, ostensibly from The Save Our Rights UK group, armed with St. George’s flags, placards, banners and megaphones, spent the afternoon marching through the capital.

The large group began gathering in central London earlier this afternoon, in what is reportedly part of an organized effort rivaled in other cities in Europe against vaccine passports.

The subject has led to problems in Boris Johnson’s government, with him facing a cabinet uprising and being accused of denying people their basic freedoms.

Photos of the scene show crowds armed with placards carrying slogans such as ‘my body my choice’ and ‘hands off our children’ made their way through the capital on Saturday.

Several parents brought their children to show their support, while the Union Jacks and St. George flags fluttered in the background.

Thousands of anti-vaxxers have taken to the streets of central London to continue their campaign against the Covid jab

Thousands of anti-vaxxers have taken to the streets of central London to continue their campaign against the Covid jab

Thousands of anti-vaxxers have taken to the streets of central London to continue their campaign against the Covid jab

Several parents brought their children to show their support, while the Union Jacks and St. George flags waved in the background

Several parents brought their children to show their support, while the Union Jacks and St. George flags waved in the background

Several parents brought their children to show their support, while the Union Jacks and St. George flags waved in the background

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