by Gail Geraghty | August 27, 2021
Over 200 health care workers and supporters marched and rallied at the Augusta Capitol Thursday, with many saying they’ve already either been fired or quit their jobs rather than submit to forced vaccination against Covid-19.The rally marked at least the fourth such large-scale protest held in the past two weeks since Gov. Janet Mills ordered all health care workers to be vaccinated by Oct. 1. It came the day after a class-action lawsuit was filed against the state by the Florida-based Liberty Counsel in U.S. District Court in Bangor seeking a temporary restraining order against the Oct. 1 deadline based on federal law allowing exemption from vaccination based on religious preferences. More protests of similar size are planned for Saturday and Monday in Augusta, but the big one to watch is set for next Wednesday, Sept. 1, at 4 p.m. in Augusta, when 1,000 or more people are expected to attend.