Protesters force postponement of NH vaccine awareness funding vote – NBC Boston
Angry opponents of the Biden administration’s new vaccine mandate forced the postponement of Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting, further delaying the vote on $ 27 million federal aid to boost New Hampshire’s vaccination efforts.
The Republican-controlled council, a five-member panel that approves state contracts and appointments to courts and agencies, voted this month to file a request from the Department of Health and Human Services to l State spending federal pandemic relief money on a leading public health program and a dozen workers to promote the COVID-19 vaccine and address public concerns about it.
Republican lawmakers on the Joint Legislative Tax Commission, who must also approve the request, have done the same.
The demand was back in front of council on Wednesday, but the meeting in Manchester was called off after protesters moved into the room shouting: ‘Shut up’. After Councilor David Wheeler said government employees present to answer questions on the agenda feared for their lives, a man shouted, âMission accomplished! “
Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, said state police had to escort employees to their cars after “unacceptable and unruly behavior.” He said in a statement that the meeting had been postponed “until our state employees can appear before the council in a safe and orderly manner.” A new date has not been set.
“I will not endanger members of the Executive Council or state agencies,” Sununu said.
Councilor Cinde Warmington, the only Democrat on the board, said the hardest part was hearing protesters tell state employees: “We know where you live”.
“It was very disturbing to hear that they were really attacking our government employees,” she said in a telephone interview. âThis is a bunch of really right-wing fringe activists who are trying to disrupt our government. They will ultimately not succeed because we will meet and run the affairs of the state of New Hampshire as we were elected to do. “