Demonstrators gathered outside of the Rochester, New York, Strong Memorial Hospital to protest the state’s vaccine mandate applying to healthcare workers as the vaccination deadline arrived on Monday.
Standing outside the hospital, as they have throughout the month, protesters shouted, “we will not comply” and “my body, my choice”:
Lots of people protesting NYS healthcare vaccine mandate in front of Strong Hospital. pic.twitter.com/mS4Vs1nRFx
— Dan Schrack (@DanSchrack) September 27, 2021
Hospital officials announced on Monday they had increased vaccination rates among staffers from 92 percent to 95.5 percent over the course of the last week, “meaning that less than 300 employees out of 16,000 will be fired if they don’t relent,” per the New York Times:
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