A group of people is expressing disagreement with Rockland County's emergency report by holding a protest inside the Palisades Mall in West Nyack today.
The group is holding what it calls an "unvaccinated civil disobedience" sit-in. They're protesting the local state of emergency that was put in place at midnight Wednesday in Rockland County.
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The state of emergency bans anyone under the age of 18 who has not been vaccinated from public places for the next 30 days.
None of the protesters are underage, so the rules are being broken.
The protesters say that people have the right to vaccinate their children or not. “I'm here to support mothers and children of the future who should walk free. Vaccine-free people are healthy people. There is no reason to quarantine them, "says Mel B. from Westchester.
" People are not killing people. People get sick all the time. People of lots of things. This is a misplaced priority. It's a violation of a constitutional right to lock people in their homes, ”says Steven Urow of New Jersey.
The measles outbreak began this October when unvaccinated travelers visited ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic communities in Rockland.
As of now, 156 people have been diagnosed with the highly contagious virus
The Rockland County Health Department has set up free clinics to administer the MMR vaccine, one was held yesterday, but only 30 shots were given. more than 10,000 have been given out since the outbreak. "I appreciate the support of the county executive in declaring this for us. We have been at this, as I said, now this has been our 26th week and any layer of additional support is always appreciated, "says Rockland County Health Commissioner Patricia Schnabel Ruppert.