Hundreds of protesters gathered outside a medical center in New York as a vaccine mandate went into effect that would put unvaccinated healthcare workers out of a job.
On Monday, several hundred activists held signs and lined the streets of Rochester near the Strong Memorial Hospital to protest the mandate which will reportedly affect 300 employees.
Lots of people protesting NYS healthcare vaccine mandate in front of Strong Hospital. pic.twitter.com/mS4Vs1nRFx
— Dan Schrack (@DanSchrack) September 27, 2021
Protesters carried signs reading, “Coercion is not consent,”, “Leaders are lying! Media are parrots!” “No liability? No mandates,” and “Ivermectin now!”
Several hundred people have come out to protest the #VaccineMandate in front of Strong Memorial Hospital in #ROC this evening. @UR_Med tells me nearly 98% of clinical workers here have had their first dose or been approved for an exemption. @news10nbc pic.twitter.com/qZZljCfyIB
— Jennifer Lewke (@WHEC_JLewke) September 27, 2021
“Firing nurses over a shot during a nursing shortage,” another sign held by a nurse stated, while another sign read, “Risk must be a choice.”
Massive Protest at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester as New York State’s Healthcare Vaccine Mandate takes effect today. As of this afternoon, UR Medicine says less than 300 people will lose their job. @SPECNews1ROC pic.twitter.com/oZOkNM2b8L
— Lowell Rose (@LowellRoseNews) September 27, 2021
According to a News 8 WROC reporter, most of the clinic’s staff have lined up to get their vaccines, except for around 2.5 percent of them.
“Under the state’s mandate, health workers who aren’t vaccinated will be fired and won’t collect unemployment benefits, unless they have a medical excuse for not getting the shot,” reports WHAM.
On Monday, the final deadline for vaccination, the hospital held vaccine clinics for any employees who wanted a last-minute vaccine in order to comply with the mandate.
In a bizarre announcement Monday, newly installed New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) declared a state of emergency and said she would dispatch National Guard troops to replace fired healthcare workers.