Oregon High School teens say they were ridiculed by anti-vaccine protesters when they showed up to film for COVID-19.
Bend High School is one of the Central Oregon schools that hosts voluntary vaccination clinics to increase teen immunization efforts, according to The Oregonian.
A nearby church called police on Thursday after anti-vaccine protesters gathered on the spot to reprimand students, The Associated Press reported. The group dispersed after the call of the authorities.
Sophie Hani, a high school student at Bend, said she went to a vaccination clinic to see protesters before she was shot, KTVZ reported.
“When I was going to school this morning, I saw nine people with signs that said the vaccines had aborted the fetal cells or that we were not a test rabbit,” said Hani.
Student Camille Lenz also told the station that she had seen the protesters.
“Some of them were like little poems that said, ‘Don’t pierce,'” Lenz said. “Some of them just said, ‘No.’
COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Oregon, prompting Gov. Kate Brown to extend the state’s emergency COVID-19 order by 60 days.
And at higher rates of vaccination of older people than young adults, hospitals are seeing more cases of young people having COVID, according to the OPB.
Adolescents are the lowest vaccinated group in the Deshchut area where the Band is based. As of April 18, 4% of people aged 19 or younger received their first COVID-19 shot, the Associated Press reported.
Vaccines are currently approved for people 16 16: older.
Younger people are more likely to be affected by COVID-19 variants, says Albert Noyce, a pharmacist at Mosaic Medical, which runs the clinics, according to The Oregonian.
“I think this is a great time,” Noyes said of vaccine clinics.
According to the Oregon Department of Health, 15-year-olds and older children in Oregon receive medical care.
As of April 29, more than 183,000 coronavirus cases had been reported in Oregon since the outbreak began, with at least 2,491 deaths.
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