At least 30,000 people braved the cold temperatures in Washington D.C. this weekend to protest nationwide mandates for the COVID-19 vaccine. Although the Biden Administration’s OSHA mandate for over 100 employees was recently partially struck down, mandates are still in place across the country. Especially in the blue states and cities, many citizens must show proof of vaccination to participate in everyday life.
The march started near the Washington Monument, and the peaceful crowd marched slowly to the Lincoln Memorial, which provided a backdrop for all of the speakers. There were calls by everyone who spoke for an end to the mandates and the so-called vaccine passports that some jurisdictions also require. Marchers also protested mask mandates, pointing out that the CDC recently came out and admitted that fabric masks provide little protection against the virus.
Although many detractors have tried to paint the event as an anti-vax demonstration, many of the people who attended focused more on informed consent for the ever-expanding requirements of vaccines and boosters. Some organizations are starting to push for changing the definition of fully vaccinated to a more flexible “up-to-date” vaccine status. Protestors argue that since the goalposts keep moving both on the efficacy and number of shots needed, a mandate does not make any sense.
Marchers of every race, political leanings, and vaccination status attended the march. Some observers still tried to portray it as a right-wing event.
While others roundly praised the march.
The constantly shifting recommendations and lack of message discipline from the Biden Administration on COVID precautions only add to the credibility of people calling for informed consent and personal choice. Protests like the “Defeat The Mandates” march are occurring worldwide. As the number of people challenging the restrictions rises, we can hope for a return to a time when people are in charge of their own medical decisions.