A large group held a rally Sunday protesting the Massachusetts mandate for flu shots for students.
Health Choice 4 Action MA held a No Mandatory Flu Shot MA protest from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Massachusetts State House.
On August 19th, State public health officials announced that influenza immunization will be required for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending Massachusetts child care, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities.
Students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020 for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided.
The group issued a statement as to why they are against the requirement.
“Medical decisions belong between a patient or parent and their physician and parents should be able to weigh risks and benefits of medical interventions for their children, without coercion or discrimination and without the threat of loss of access to education, which is a public health threat in its own right. Bodily integrity and free and informed consent for all medical procedures is a bedrock of medical ethics and paramount in a free society.”
“At a time when our country and Commonwealth are grappling with realities of institutionalized disadvantage and discrimination, we are enacting yet another policy that may further marginalize vulnerable populations.”