NEW HARTFORD, NY – With a September 27th deadline looming for healthcare workers to be vaccinated against the Coronavirus, or risk losing their jobs, many of them gathered in front of St. Luke’s Hospital Sunday to protest the mandate.
The protesters argue they are not anti-vax but are against being told what they have to do. They say the vaccine mandate violates their rights and is unconstitutional.
On September 14th U.S. District Court Judge David Hurd issued a written order against the mandate stating it does not allow for exemptions based on workers’ religious beliefs. This does not mean healthcare workers don’t have to get the vaccine, but for now, they can ask for religious exemptions.
For the protesters gathered in front of the hospital, that decision was not enough.
“We need to stand together now. We have to fight for our freedoms,” says Tasha Soulia, the group’s spokesperson. “There's no other time like this in the history of America where we've seen a mandate forcing us to take a vaccine. This is unconstitutional and we need to stand together now."
Similar rallies have taken place in other parts of New York and across the country as well.