August 14, 2021: Hundreds of concerned citizens gathered at the Oregon Capitol to rally for medical freedom in protest of Governor Kate Brown’s recent mandatory face mask and Covid vaccine policies.
The protest comes one day after Governor Brown reinstated indoor face mask mandates throughout the state. Two weeks earlier, Governor Brown directed the Oregon Department of Education to create a rule requiring face masks indoors for grades K-12 for the upcoming school year.
Governor Brown also recently announced that all state workers will need to be fully Covid vaccinated by October 18, or six weeks after Covid vaccines receive full FDA approval (Covid vaccines currently only have emergency use authorization and have yet to be formally licensed and approved by the FDA).
Furthermore, Governor Brown directed the Oregon Health Authority to issue a new rule requiring healthcare personnel to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or else undergo weekly Covid testing. Failure to adhere to this rule is subject to civil penalties of $500 per day per violation beginning September 30, 2021.
Oregonians unhappy with Kate Brown’s mandatory Covid vaccine and face mask policies gathered in solidarity, with some openly expressing their discontent for the governor.
Many participants at the rally expressed concern over the safety of Covid vaccines. One nurse referenced Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) data that showed a concerning number of deaths following Covid vaccination reported to the FDA.
The lack of liability on the part of vaccine manufacturers was another reason cited as contributing to vaccine hesitancy. If a person who got a Covid shot experienced a serious adverse reaction, they would be unable to sue the vaccine manufacturer for damages and would not be entitled to any compensation.
On the whole, the rally was a family-friendly event with many children in attendance. The atmosphere was largely one of peaceful protest.