ROGERS, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Crowds lined S. Promenade Blvd. Sunday to protest Mercy Northwest Arkansas hospital’s decision to require employees to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Protestors held signs describing the requirement as “medical tyrrany,” and stating “unvaccinated lives matter.”
The protest lasted from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Mercy officials said the decision to require inoculations for employees was one made out of a concern for the safety of not just staff, but patients as well.
“It is essential that we take these steps in order to protect the health of our co-workers and our patients at Mercy,” said Dr. William Sistrunk, Mercy infectious disease specialist.
The deadline for hospital employees to receive their vaccines is September 30.