Hundreds of New Jerseyites strongly opposed a state-run college proposal to make immunization against the deadly disease compulsory.
Rutgers University wants to make it mandatory for every New Brunswick campus student to be vaccinated against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus this fall.
Rutgers is one of the first major universities across the nation to enforce the so-called safety measure announced back in March. The rule requires all students who wish to resume classes to be fully vaccinated. However, staff and faculty members are not required to meet the same criterion.
Turning Point USA, Young Americans for Liberty, and NJ Stands Up recently organized a rally to voice their objection to the measure. The May 21 event quickly attracted nearly 500 protesters, including students, parents, lawmakers, and even 20 doctors.
Event organizer Sara Razi stressed the demonstration did not oppose the vaccines, rather the college mandate that strips students of their freedom to make their own medical decisions.
“I am not anti-vax, I am anti-mandate,” she said according to CNBC. “My education should not be restricted based on my personal decision to receive the COVID-19 (CCP Virus) vaccination.”
Razi revealed she has already been vaccinated for many other ailments and is concerned Rutgers only introduced the measure out of political considerations.
“I am against this mandate for several reasons: one because it is being used as a political tool in New Jersey, and all over the nation,” she said according to News 12 New Jersey. “[The goal is] to bribe students into forcing themselves to get the vaccination, or to have an education and to get back to a normal life.”
Razi believes the decision-making process about whether to take a vaccine is a “personal and a private choice.” She stressed educational institutions should respect each decision, especially when it comes to the experimental CCP Virus vaccine.
“A public institution like Rutgers should not have the right to dictate a student’s personal decisions,” the organizer said.
Rutgers confirmed it would offer exemptions to students with special circumstances like medical or religious sensitivity. However, any such request has no guarantee of success as it must first be examined on a case-by-case basis.
Many colleges have implemented similar CCP Virus vaccination requirements on all students this fall to restore pre-pandemic school operations. CNBC reported many educational institutions do not require most staff to be vaccinated, and only a handful of scholars are expected to receive the jab before resuming class this September.