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Protesters gather outside CarolinaEast over vaccine mandates

CarolinaEast vaccine protest
CarolinaEast vaccine protest(Hannah Jeffries)
Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 8:05 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2021 at 12:20 PM EST
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NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - A protest over vaccine mandates was held outside CarolinaEast Medical Center Tuesday morning.

Dozens of protesters lined the street outside the hospital beginning at 7:30 a.m. in a show of support for those who chose not to get vaccinated.

One of the rally organizers, Jennifer Dacey, says, “We’re going to be out here to support folks as long as it takes because we don’t feel that anybody should be forced into getting any kind of medical procedure they don’t want, particularly our health care workers who have seen the impact of this first hand.”

The protest crowd includes some CarolinaEast staff, their families, members of the Craven County Republican Party and the Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association.

Tuesday is the last day the employees can request an exemption from the hospital’s vaccine mandate. In a statement, the hospital said it has no choice but the require the vaccines for employees.

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