Protesters gather at state house, WaterFire ahead of R.I. vaccine deadline

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Rhode Island state house ahead of the Oct. 1 COVID vaccine mandate deadline for health care workers in the state.

The crowd waved signs, spoke with passersby, and waved to drivers; some of whom appeared to be honking in support of the group.

Following the protest at the state house, some in the group also then walked to WaterFire to continue to show their opposition to the mandate that would affect all workers in state-licensed health care facilities.

Under the governor’s mandate, workers at those health care facilities will no longer be able to report to their jobs, if they are not fully-vaccinated by the October deadline.

Protesters told ABC6, they don’t want to have to choose between keeping their jobs and getting the COVID vaccine.

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