Tennessee Neighbors for Liberty protest COVID-19 vaccine mandate at CHI Memorial in Ft. Oglethorpe

Staff file Photo by Robin Rudd / CHI Memorial Hospital Georgia, located at 100 Gross Crescent, was the site for a protest against the hospital system's new vaccine mandate on Saturday.

The group Tennessee Neighbors for Liberty protested Saturday at CHI Memorial Hospital in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia, in support of nurses and staff who do not want to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Organizers said their top concern is ensuring employees at the hospital retain the right to make medical decisions for themselves without punishment, something they feel was threatened by CHI Memorial's decision to require its employees - including all physicians, advanced practice providers, volunteers and others caring for patients within CHI Memorial facilities - to get the vaccine by Nov. 1 to continue working at its hospital and branches. Protesters including Sarah Harden said requiring anyone to get any medical procedure to keep a job is wrong.

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"These are good people who have worked hard for everyone during this whole pandemic and even before," she said.