PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A few hundred people rallied at the state Capitol in Phoenix on Wednesday to protest mandatory vaccines imposed by two of the state's largest health care providers. Many of them hospital workers, the demonstrators carried signs with slogans like, "My body, my choice," and "I'm not a test."
Both Banner Health and HonorHealth recently announced they will require their employees to get fully vaccinated by November or potentially lose their jobs. Those announcements came as COVID-19 continues to spread, impacted by the rise of several variants that are increasing the severity and transmissibility of this infection.
It doesn't appear that Bannner is backing down from its decision, issuing a press release that reads, in part, "Banner’s vaccination requirement for its employees is just one more way we are demonstrating our commitment to safety."
Those who remain unvaccinated appear to be the most vulnerable to the Delta variant of virus that is fueling the latest rise in confirmed cases.
Currently, 51% of the state's population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.