INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Tons of got here out on the most popular day of the yr to protest a mandate by IU Well being requiring workers to get the coronavirus vaccine.
Organizers have been happy with the turnout of workers within the well being care career and others who help the trigger.
The protest occurred Saturday afternoon originally of the downtown canal within the shadow of a number of IU Well being and Indiana College Faculty of Medication buildings. Chastity Drennan and different IU Well being workers need to power the well being care group from making the selection of getting the COVID vaccine or lose their jobs.
“It’s very touching,” Drennan stated. “There’s been a number of instances I’ve virtually been in tears over all people coming collectively as a result of when this all took place I actually thought I used to be alone.”
Drennan’s reluctance comes from a number of causes: the brief time the vaccine has been round, the shortage of long-term research and knowledge on the consequences, and the push by employers to get one or face the results.
“We’re educated sufficient to avoid wasting your life. We’re educated sufficient to advocate for our sufferers,” Drennan stated. “However we’re not good sufficient or medically educated sufficient to face up for our rights or our freedom to decide on what we put into our our bodies?”
Chastity’s mother-in-law Teresa Rinnert hasn’t been vaccinated however she stated, “My husband has,” after which laughed.
Her husband got here out Saturday carrying the identical crimson “My physique, My selection” shirt.
“He’s not nervous about unwanted effects,” Rinnert stated. “He’s OK with it. Myself, I’m nervous about unwanted effects. We don’t know sufficient about it, however I need to rise up for this as a result of I’ve grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I don’t need these mandates down the highway for them to cope with.”
The protest lasted for hours and included remarks from state and congressional representatives, anti-vaccine advocates, and IU Well being workers.
A web-based petition towards IU Well being’s effort now has 11,000 signatures.
Nonetheless, as of now, IU Well being workers have to be absolutely vaccinated by Sept. 1 and Community Health Network workers by Sept. 15, or face the results.
Workers can apply for exemptions for medical or spiritual causes, which can be reviewed on a case-by-case foundation.
Drennan hopes Saturday’s turnout, particularly within the warmth, sends a message. “I hope IU Well being opens their eyes to this.”
IU Well being declined to offer something Saturday past its assertion to us once they made the announcement on June 1.