The father of two young children placed on leave-without-pay for refusing vaccination; a restaurant owner who refuses to ask patrons to show “vax passes”; and a woman whose grandmother died days after receiving the Pfizer vaccine were among the speakers at a recent NYC vaccine-mandate protest outside Pfizer headquarters.
“They said she was well enough to come home, they needed the bed for someone who was sicker. And about two to three days later, my grandmother was gone,” said the young health care professional, identifying herself only as “Age.”
The rally, which was tagged with the slogan, “essential to expendable,” made its way from the Pfizer headquarters to Hudson Yards. Many frontline workers, including firefighters and health care workers–once considered “essential”–were among the group. They object to their apparent relegation to “second-class-citizen” status for simply not wanting the vaccine.
“I understand giving people the choice, but to force it onto people who have been working throughout this entire pandemic—slaving away and taking care of people’s sick family members. Many of us got sick. Many of us got COVID.”