GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Honks can be heard blocks away from the intersection of 7th and Patterson, as protests on vaccine mandates continue.
Healthcare workers are among the large number of people filling the street corners with signs, flags, and banners. They are demanding their civil liberties remain intact, now that the vaccine is being mandated in hospitals across the state.
Over the last few days, protesters’ have shared many opinions,
“It’s an overstepping of the government,” says healthcare worker Neal Schultz.
“It should not be mandated,” expresses healthcare professional Susan McChesney.
“I personally am not going to put that in my body, or my family’s, and that’s my choice,” adds Victoria, a protester outside of St. Mary’s Hospital.
However amidst the varying statements one outlook remains consistent:
They want the freedom to choose.
“Whether you agree or disagree with it that’s not the point, you know; everybody has the opportunity to dig and do their own research and make an informed decision and we all should have the right to do that,” continues Victoria
“But while some are out at 7th and Patterson protesting the vaccine, others are here at Mesa County Public Health, getting the shot,” explains KREX5’s Reilly Spence.
“I have friends that have had COVID and it’s deadly, and it scared me, so I feel like I need it,” says Wanda Pettyjohn as she headed inside to get her COVID-19 vaccine.
Mesa County Public Health says that vaccination is up to each individual, however the evidence staggeringly favors one side,
“When we look at those hospitalizations we are seeing that the overwhelming majority of those individuals who are hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated; and that tells us that the vaccine is ultimately doing its job,” explains Mesa County Public Health’s Stefany Busch.
Adding that this is the public’s best defense from getting themselves or their loved ones sick,
“It really is our best layer of protection as of now,” continues Busch.
Public Health also encourages everyone to do their own research using reputable sources.
If you are unsure of whether to get the vaccine or not, you can visit the website: Mesa County Public Health | Working Together for a Healthy Community for information and resources.