HUTCHINSON (MINN.) LEADER – Library Square in downtown Hutchinson was filled Monday with people protesting vaccine mandates during a rally featuring Dr. Scott Jensen, who is running for governor, as the keynote speaker.
People carried signs with slogans opposing vaccination mandates, while speakers addressed the crowd from the band shelter in the park.
The rally was organized by a group called Triple M Medical.
According to a person who claimed to be one of the organizers, it’s a group of 3M employees concerned about President Joe Biden’s Sept. 9 announcement that ordered workers at companies with 100 employees or more to get vaccinated or undergo regular testing.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, the federal agency overseeing workplace safety, is in charge of working out the details and is expected to issue a rule this fall.
But J.P. Whittington, one of the organizers of the Hutchinson rally, said it wasn’t just about 3M.
“This is about medical freedom for our country,” he said. “This is going to affect our kids. It’s not going to stop here. This is not about any vaccine, this is about freedom.”
Whittington and others say the purpose of the rally was to inform the public and bring together like-minded folks who “want medical freedom.”
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Physicians form ‘medical freedom’ group, fueling COVID-19 misinformation
BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW – A group of physicians from Mississippi formed an anti-vaccine-mandate group that shares misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a Sept. 20 report by ABC 11.
John Witcher, MD, started the group Mississippi Against Mandates. The website boasts at least seven affiliated physicians. Its Facebook page showcases conspiracy theories, such as a link to a video indicating the vaccine is connected to government cover-ups. The website also advertises planned protests at hospitals in Mississippi.
A billboard posted by the group said: “Stand up for medical freedom. Follow Dr. John Witcher MD on Telegram.”
Dr. Witcher believes his billboard, which shows him wearing a white medical coat, prompted the board of medical licensure to adopt a “Medical Misinformation or Disinformation” policy that states physicians who spread COVID-19 misinformation are at risk of losing their license.
Mississippi’s medical board said physicians have the right to share their beliefs, but … READ MORE.