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Anti-vax ex-science teacher Christian Marchegiani declares victory with vaccine mandates set to end

Anti-vax ex-science teacher Christian Marchegiani declares victory with vaccine mandates set to end 2

Father-of-two science teacher who lost his job after refusing the Covid-19 vaccine reveals his new life as a truck driver after calling the jab an ‘unimaginable threat to freedom’

  • Trainer-turned-teacher was sacked over Covid vaccine mandates in November 
  • Christian Marchegiani headed two ‘freedom’ organisations during the pandemic
  • Vaccine mandates expected to end for teachers and health workers by mid-May 

An Australian science teacher who refused to take the coronavirus vaccine was fired from his job due and now works as a truck driver.  

Christian Marchegiani, a former Sydney Swans fitness coach and boxer who became a high school science teacher in 2016, has been driving a truck since vaccine mandates were extended to educators.

In NSW teachers and healthcare workers had to be vaccinated to keep their jobs by mid-November 2021. 

Christian Marchegiani, a former Sydney Swans fitness coach and boxer who became a high school science teacher in 2016, has been driving a truck since vaccine mandates were extended to educators

Christian Marchegiani, a former Sydney Swans fitness coach and boxer who became a high school science teacher in 2016, has been driving a truck since vaccine mandates were extended to educators

Mr Marchegiani, a former boxing coach and elite fitness trainer, was angered after losing his job as a high school teacher and became an anti-vax activist

Mr Marchegiani, a former boxing coach and elite fitness trainer, was angered after losing his job as a high school teacher and became an anti-vax activist

The father-of-two, who taught at St Gregory’s College in Cambelltown and St Joseph’s College in Hunters Hill, was banned from school premises from November 9. 

Angered, the father-of-two mobilised and helped organise National Education United, a community of teachers, parents, educators, and support staff dedicated to the removal of mandatory vaccinations and Covid passports within schools and society.

‘Pick up your shields, pick up your swords, and don’t give them another inch,’ Mr Marchegiani said on the NEU’s mission statement about protest action.

‘At no other time in living history have ordinary Australians faced such an unimaginable threat of their freedoms – freedoms that until now, we have taken for granted,’ he told a local paper at one protest.

Mr Marchegiani was on the cover of Men's Fitness several years ago

Mr Marchegiani was on the cover of Men’s Fitness several years ago

He vowed his organisation would ‘peacefully protest every week until these unlawful and draconian mandates are revoked allowing the good people of Australia to return to work and provide for the families.’

This week’s announcements by NSW Health included the news that vaccine mandates for industries including healthcare, education and aviation will not be kept beyond May.

‘I’ve been inundated with messages. Everyone’s saying, “we did it, congratulations”,’ Mr Marchegiani told Nine newspapers.

Protesters in Sydney (pictured) marched and chanted through the city streets after convening at Hyde Park

Protesters in Sydney (pictured) marched and chanted through the city streets after convening at Hyde Park

He described the most recent changes to Covid-19 restrictions in NSW as ‘a victory’ after ‘a lot of suffering’.

‘A lot of teachers lost their homes, they couldn’t pay their rent anymore. A lot of them will reapply for their jobs, although there’s a bitter taste in their mouths.’

It is not known how many lives were saved by Australia’s vaccine rollout, which now has 95 per cent of people aged over 16 fully vaccinated.

But Scott Morrison claimed ‘forty-thousand people are alive today because of the way we managed the pandemic’ in his re-election video on April 9. 

A large banner with the words #ReclaimTheLine was marched through Sydney's CBD

A large banner with the words #ReclaimTheLine was marched through Sydney’s CBD

The newest changes announced by NSW Health ended the need for people in the same household as a positive Covid case to be isolated for seven days.

Instead, they will be encouraged to use rapid antigen tests, wear masks and avoid high-risk settings, such as hospitals and aged care homes. 

Masks on public transport and in airports are expected to be the next pandemic restrictions to be dropped in NSW.

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