Dozens gather in Boston to protest flu shot mandate in Massachusetts – WCVB Boston

Demonstrators gathered outside the Boston federal courthouse Monday afternoon to protest the flu shot mandate for all students in Massachusetts.Protesters carried signs reading, “My body, my choice” and “My child, my choice.”“There’s no rhyme or reason why a flu shot should be mandated by the governor,” said Vinnie Delaney, the organizer of the rally. “Again, it’s a parent’s right to choose what they do with their child.”In August, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced that all students in the state’s schools — from child care through college — will be required to receive a flu vaccine by Dec. 31, pending a medical or religious exemption.State health officials say it is now more important than ever to get a flu shot because the symptoms are similar to those of COVID-19, and preventing the spread of the flu will help save lives and preserve health care resources.Some at Monday’s rally are not against the flu vaccine, but they are worried about the precedent set if the government is allowed to make this kind of mandate. In addition, they find the mandate unnecessary because Massachusetts has one of the highest flu vaccination rates in the country.Delaney says he plans to file a lawsuit against Gov. Charlie Baker and his administration in federal court within the next two weeks.

Demonstrators gathered outside the Boston federal courthouse Monday afternoon to protest the flu shot mandate for all students in Massachusetts.

Protesters carried signs reading, “My body, my choice” and “My child, my choice.”

“There’s no rhyme or reason why a flu shot should be mandated by the governor,” said Vinnie Delaney, the organizer of the rally. “Again, it’s a parent’s right to choose what they do with their child.”

In August, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced that all students in the state’s schools — from child care through college — will be required to receive a flu vaccine by Dec. 31, pending a medical or religious exemption.

State health officials say it is now more important than ever to get a flu shot because the symptoms are similar to those of COVID-19, and preventing the spread of the flu will help save lives and preserve health care resources.

Some at Monday’s rally are not against the flu vaccine, but they are worried about the precedent set if the government is allowed to make this kind of mandate. In addition, they find the mandate unnecessary because Massachusetts has one of the highest flu vaccination rates in the country.

Delaney says he plans to file a lawsuit against Gov. Charlie Baker and his administration in federal court within the next two weeks.