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Governor Orders Mandatory Flu Shots For All Students Under 30 In Boston In Order To Attend School

Published: August 31, 2020 | Print Friendly and PDF

The Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker has ordered that it is mandatory for all students under 30 to get flu shots in order to attend school. Following the order massive protests were organised outside the State House Sunday morning demanding that Governor Charlie Baker rescind the public health mandate.

Governor Orders Mandatory Flu Shots For All Students Under 30 In Boston In Order To Attend School
Governor Orders Mandatory Flu Shots For All Students Under 30 In Boston In Order To Attend School

Earlier this month, Baker announced what is believed to be a first-in-the-nation order requiring the vaccination for anyone 6 months or older who is in a school or day care center, with some exemptions.

“I would hope people would understand this is an important part of how we continue to fight the [corona]virus here in Massachusetts,” Baker told reporters at a State House news briefing on Aug. 20. “The more people who get the flu shot don’t get the flu and don’t wind up in the ER.”

In front of the State House steps, a series of speakers said they did not want to abide by the flu shot mandate because of distrust in the government and in pharmaceutical companies and concern that they would not have control over their medical decisions.

“This is about using the fear of COVID to take away a person’s ability, and their human right, to make decisions for themselves and their children — unnecessarily,“ said Allison Chapman, a member of the executive leadership team at an organization called Health Choice.

In a statement Sunday, a state Department of Public Health spokeswoman said the commonwealth has an obligation to advance policies that protect students, teachers, and staff, particularly during a flu season that overlaps with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As students return to in-person learning in the classroom, this vaccine requirement provides an additional and necessary layer of protection and safety,” the statement said.

Protesters also complained that the vaccine companies have been exempt from any liabilities.

As reported by GreatGameIndia earlier, a senior managerial executive of the pharmaceutical giant, AstraZeneca revealed in shocking details that the company could not be on the receiving end of any constitutional motion or face legal action for any possible side effects or unwanted reactions induced by its Covid-19 vaccine. The company has agreements with governments as per which AstraZeneca cannot be held responsible for any side effects of COVID-19 vaccine and those affected will have no legal recourse.

Meanwhile, in a move right out of George Orwell’s 1984, New Zealand has announced it would put all COVID-19 patients into mandatory quarantine camps. The Prime Minister of New Zealand has said that your each and every activity will be monitored in these camps and those that refuse to be tested would be forced to stay in the camps for a longer duration.

GreatGameIndia is a journal on Geopolitics and International Relations. Get to know the Geopolitical threats India is facing in our exclusive book India in Cognitive Dissonance. Past magazine issues can be accessed from the Archives section.

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