Protests held over Metro Detroit over vaccine mandate for Henry Ford hospital staff

Protests held over Metro Detroit over vaccine mandate for Henry Ford hospital staff

DETROIT – Protests were held outside the hospitals of the Henry Ford Health System on Saturday by those who feel the new vaccine mandate crosses a line.

Read: The Henry Ford Health System requires COVID vaccinations for all employees

The meetings for health professionals across Metro Detroit were not to celebrate the work of fighting back the coronavirus, but to push to likely promote the spread by fighting the mandate that all employees of the Henry Ford Health System should be fully vaccinated by September 10th.

While some of the protesters were frontline workers, most did not protest against the vaccine as a dangerous new COVID variant spreads.

Protests were held in Detroit, Clinton Township, West Bloomfield and Wyandotte.

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The protest at Henry Ford’s flagship hospital in Detroit was attended by GOP candidate for governor Ryan Kelley, who promoted the demonstration on social media.

Kelley was reported to the FBI for storming the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6 after activists claimed to identify him in photos from the deadly uprising. Kelley denies entering the building.

The protests against the vaccine come as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sounded the alarm about the highly contagious delta variant, which is now spreading in all 50 states, giving a new uptick in cases – including here in Michigan, where the rate of fully vaccinated has gone at standstill at 53%.

The Henry Ford Health System issued the following statement:

Only two Metro Detroit healthcare systems have mandates for vaccines – Henry Ford and Trinity Healthcare. Other big names, like Beaumont and Michigan Medicine, have not said whether they will follow suit.

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Nationally, the U.S. saw an average of more than 26,000 new COVID cases over the past week – a 67% increase from the week before.

Read: New COVID cases are on the rise in almost every state across the United States

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