Group protests vaccine mandate outside Baptist Hospital

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — About two dozen protesters demonstrated outside Baptist Memorial Hospital Wednesday evening.

They took to the sidewalk along Walnut Grove holding signs during evening rush hour.

Some held homemade signs saying things like “No mandatory vaccines” and “Don’t fire frontline workers.”

They were protesting Baptist Memorial Health Care’s new mandatory vaccination policy.

RELATED: Baptist requiring employees be vaccinated by Nov. 1

Last week, the hospital announced it would require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

They must do so by Nov. 1, 2021, or risk being fired.

FOX13 reached out to the hospital for comment as Baptist East Healthcare workers were protesting the vaccine mandate. The hospital sent this statement:

We understand that some people have an opposing view regarding our decision to require the vaccine for our workforce. Given we are in the midst of the greatest health care crisis of our generation, we made the decision that we believed to be in the best interest of our entire team, our patients and the community at large. While they have the right to voice their opinions, we have a responsibility to provide the safest environment for our staff members and patients, many of whom are vulnerable and immunocompromised. This was not a decision we made lightly.