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Protest on IU Bloomington’s campus over the university’s vaccine requirement policy

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WTHR) - Indiana University students, parents and staff gathered at the Sample Gates on campus to have the university immediately retract the mandate and drop all mask requirements and mitigation testing for Covid-19.

On Thursday, during the IU Board of Trustees many gathered to hold a protest called "Rally for Medical Freedom".

This follows after a group of 19 Indiana lawmakers is asking Gov. Eric Holcomb to use his executive powers to stop IU's COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all students, staff and faculty returning to its campuses across the state in the fall. 

Their letter to the governor takes aim at the fact the vaccines only have Emergency Use Authorization at this point. They feel a vaccine should have to have full FDA approval.

They also worry students will drop classes or be ostracized if they don't comply with the requirement or that faculty members might be terminated.

Kari Bundy of Children's Health Defense is one of the featured speakers, along with former Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate Lucy Brenton; president of The IU Family for Choice Not Mandates Ann Dorris; candidate for the IU Board of Trustees Margaret Menge.

Also in attendance, a former nursing home employee Shawn (Skelton) Vidiella of Southern Indiana, whose convulsions following vaccination in January went viral in online videos.

Watch above for a recap of Thursday's protest.

Emilia Miles

Emilia Miles joined Fort Wayne’s NBC in September 2019 as a Social Media and Digital Content Manager. Emilia also serves as a producer. She’s a Fort Wayne native and graduated from Indiana University.

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