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NC health care workers protest vaccination mandates

Posted August 2, 2021 11:03 p.m. EDT
Updated August 5, 2021 11:23 a.m. EDT

— Some health care workers, who are now required to get a COVID vaccine or face firing, continue to protest the mandate.

About 75 people rallied Monday night outside UNC Johnston Health. The crowd included nurses and other supporters who held signs and chanted.

UNC Health, Duke Health and WakeMed will all require vaccines. They say it's the responsible decision to make to keep patients and staff safe.

One nurse says she’s not willing to quit but she’s prepared to get fired if the policy doesn’t change.

“When you have great loyal people who love their jobs right now — absolutely love their jobs — and when you strong arm people and you make them feel like they don’t matter," Laurie Scherbekow, a nurse with UNC Health. "You take good, dedicated employees and you turn them into clock punchers and that’s not the kind of people you want working for you. It’s just not.”

Healthcare workers have protested in Smithfield and Durham in recent days.

Another protest is planned in downtown Raleigh Wednesday.

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