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Anti-vaccine and anti-mask mandate rally scheduled for Wednesday at state Capitol

On the day Governor Kathy Hochul is scheduled to give her first State of the State address, anti-vaccine and mask mandate protestors have scheduled a demonstration outside the state Capitol in Albany.

Long Island Newsday reports the NY State Freedom of Choice Rally is being organized in part by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s nonprofit Children’s Health Defense. A spokesperson for Governor Hochul said  “Governor Hochul is steadfast in her commitment to getting through this pandemic, protecting New Yorkers, and saving lives — and vaccinations and boosters are critical to these efforts.”

Reportedly, three GOP candidates for Governor, Rob Astorino, Mike Carpinelli and Derrick Gibson are expected to attend the Wednesday rally.

Supporters of the vaccines say there have been far fewer deaths and serious illnesses among those who are fully vaccinated.