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Students Push Back With ‘Vaccine Choice’ Rally

Clark College student Gosha Morrell stands at the east corner of Fort Vancouver Way and McLoughlin Blvd., protesting the college’s vaccine mandate for the Winter 2022 term. (Photo by Midori Davis/The Indy)

Protesters organized by Clark student Gosha Morrell and supported by conservative activist group Turning Point USA Clark County stood in front of Clark College Wednesday Nov. 3 from around 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in response to Clark’s recent vaccine mandate for students from winter 2021.

Around 20-30 Clark students and other community members stood on the corner of Fort Vancouver Way and Mcloughlin in the rain, waving flags and holding up signs as cars drove by. 

Morrell said that he organized the event for many reasons, but primarily because he believes that people who pay money to attend the college should not be required to have the vaccine. Below is a clip from his interview:

(Audio recorded by Midori Davis/The Indy)

Alexandra, a Clark student who declined to give her last name, said she was there in support of bodily autonomy.

“I believe that everyone has the right to bodily autonomy. I believe that no one should tell them what they should put in their body, that is their personal choice,” Alexandra said. Below is a clip from her interview:

(Audio recorded by Midori Davis/The Indy)

Turning Point USA’s Clark County President Victoria Rossmiller, a Battle Ground High School student, helped organize the event. She is not a student at Clark, but said she was there to stand up for students at the college. Below is a clip from her interview:

(Audio recorded by Midori Davis/The Indy)

Clark requires that all students attending on-campus classes and activities during winter quarter provide proof of vaccination, or obtain a medical or religious exemption. Students are required to submit necessary documentation for one of these options by Dec. 13 or they will be unenrolled from any in-person courses. More information about the requirement can be found on Clark’s Student Vaccination web page.

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