SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — People were protesting outside the Tyson Foods headquarters about vaccine requirements.

The protest was put on by Americans for Medical Freedom.

Earlier this month, Tyson announced all US employees must be vaccinated by October 1.

Theresa Dilatush was one of the protesters who came out against the company’s decision to force vaccines.

“We’re standing up for our Tyson family,” Dilatush said. “We believe in them, and we believe in the ability for them to make their own medical decisions. And, that’s what this is about.”

Tyson officials released a statement on the protest and the decision to require vaccinations.

We support everyone’s right to peacefully protest. We also believe getting vaccinated is the single, most effective thing you can do to protect yourself, your family and the communities where we operate against COVID-19. We continue to answer team member questions about the vaccine and address any concerns they have. Since our August 3rd announcement, thousands of our team members have been fully vaccinated or received their first dose and that number continues to grow.

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