Protest against mask, vaccine warrants draw crowds to Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) – A weekend protest against coronavirus vaccines and mask warrants drew several hundred people to the Las Vegas Strip, where protesters with signs and T-shirts declaring “the freedom of choice ”have rolled up along sidewalks and in some seaside resorts.

On Monday, Las Vegas police did not report any summons, arrests, damage or injuries during Sunday night’s protest against the COVID-19 mask and vaccine warrants of Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak.

Brock Abbe, who moved to Las Vegas from New York in January, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he didn’t think anyone should lose their job because of their immunization status.

Sisolak last month ordered mandatory vaccinations for state employees, including those working with populations at risk in state-run detention and health care facilities.

Employees at all Nevada’s public universities and colleges must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 1 or face dismissal under a new policy adopted by the national higher education system.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, paving the way for universities, businesses and local governments to make vaccinations mandatory.

Moderna has also asked the FDA for full approval of its vaccine. Johnson & Johnson, maker of the third option in the United States, said it hopes to do so later this year.

Drugmaker Merck on Friday developed an experimental pill that reduced hospitalizations and deaths of people who contract COVID-19.

Photos in the Review-Journal showed peaceful protesters on the sidewalks, in the resort town of Bellagio and in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops.

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