Security Guards to Accompany Mobile Vaccination Units After Harassment by Anti-Vaxxers
Category: News & PoliticsVia: krishna • 4 days ago • 8 comments
By: Thomas Kika
Security guards will help protect workers at three mobile COVID vaccination units in Colorado's Jefferson County following an extended period of harassment and vandalism.
The arrangement will remain in place for the foreseeable future so that the county can continue hold vaccination events, according to The Gazette , a local publication.
According to Dr. Dawn Comstock, executive director for the agency, staff members had also been verbally harassed by members of the public on September 4.
The incidents were the culmination of months of similar harassment and abuse leveled against the units. In a particularly severe example, somebody throw lit fireworks into one of the tents a unit was working out of. All such incidents were reported to the local police, but the suspects had fled the scene before they could be taken into custody.
The agency "will not be intimidated out of its public health mission," Comstock said in a statement. "We've arranged additional security measures to keep staff safe and will be working with our law enforcement partners to assure these handful of extremists are not allowed to infringe on the rights of those who want to be vaccinated."