Thousands gathered exterior of Washington state’s Capitol Building to protest the state’s vaccine mandate, and had been heard belting out the nationwide anthem at one level. 

“We’re adults and we know how to take care of ourselves,” Kelly Coyle, former state Department of Transportation worker, told The Olympian. “I don’t believe you should force someone to inject something in their body that they don’t want and lose your livelihood.” Coyle mentioned she was compelled into early retirement over Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s vaccine mandate for state employees.

Between 2,500 and three,000 folks attended what was dubbed the “No, you move” Rally Against the Mandate, on Sunday to protest Inslee’s vaccine mandate for the roughly 63,000 state employees in Washington. State employees are required to be totally vaccinated by Oct. 18. 

LAST YEAR’S HEROES, THIS YEAR’S SCAPEGOATS: FRONTLINE WORKERS LIVELIHOODS AT STAKE OVER VACCINE MANDATES

Video footage from the rally additionally confirmed the protesters breaking out into the nationwide anthem, whereas holding American flags and indicators studying, “Stand for health freedom,” and “No forced vaccination.”

Coyle defined that she was granted a spiritual exemption from the mandate, however her employer instructed her that the workplace couldn’t accommodate her as a result of she posed a danger to others. She then determined to retire. 

​​NEW YORK TEACHERS PROTEST VACCINE MANDATES, MARCH ACROSS BROOKLYN BRIDGE: ‘I CALL THE SHOTS’

“I feel for those people who are losing their jobs,” Thurston County resident Dena Eagan, who attended the rally with Coyle, instructed The Olympian. “I’m here to stand with all these other people. It’s our bodies, our choice.”

“I don’t even get the flu shot,” one other attendee of the rally, Cowlitz County resident Theresa Pringle, instructed The Olympian. “That’s where choice comes in. I’m a very healthy retiree who can choose. Some people who are not as healthy also can choose.”

Rallies towards vaccine mandates have been cropping up throughout the nation in latest weeks. Health care employees have protested exterior hospitals holding indicators corresponding to, “Last Year’s Heroes, This Year’s Unemployed.” A large rally in New York City was additionally held final month, when former and present lecturers marched towards the vaccine mandate and had been heard chanting, “F— Joe Biden.”