Protestors display in response to COVID-19 vaccine mandates by space well being care networks – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

MIAMISBURG – Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Kettering Health’s headquarters in Miamisburg and later in front of Premier Health’s Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton on Wednesday in response to the health networks announcement to make COVID-19 mandatory for employees.

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At the first protest at the Kettering Health facility on Wednesday morning, an estimated 500 people gathered in front of the network’s headquarters on Prestige Plaza in Miamisburg. The protesters continued their demonstration and, according to our local crew, also moved along State Route 741 near the Dayton Mall.

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By Wednesday afternoon, a second protest had formed on Stewart and Main Streets in Dayton, just blocks from Miami Valley Hospital.

Wednesday’s protests are the latest in the region, announced in response to mandates announced by three of the Miami Valley’s major hospital networks, including Kettering Health, Premier Health and Dayton Children’s.

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Colleen Marconett said she organized the protest on Facebook but was surprised to see how it got online. As of Tuesday evening, more than 300 people said they were planning a trip and over 1,200 people were interested.

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“I didn’t expect it to explode like this,” Marconett told News Center 7’s Molly Koweek.

“As healthcare workers, we give patients the right to choose what they can do with their bodies every day, and I feel we have the right to do so,” she said. “We’re fed up with being told what we can and can’t do with our bodies, what we really can’t and can’t do anywhere. It’s awful. “

Last week, Kettering Health set October 4th for vaccinating the network’s employees, medical staff, students, volunteers and salespeople who do business in their buildings. Premier Health also set a December 1st vaccination deadline for employees and October 1st for Dayton Children’s Hospital employees.

“We respect the right of individuals to gather and protest peacefully, and we continue to have productive conversations with our colleagues as we are in this next phase of response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” a spokesman for Kettering Health said as Response to Wednesday’s protest.

Marconett added she was concerned about what might come next, but said she continues to be committed to helping her patients.

“My thing is, you will start here and what will you do next? You know what they’re going to do. “

“I’ll let her get me out of my job. I will not leave my patients. I’m not going to give up the career I’ve had for over nine years, you know I love my job. I don’t want to give up. It’s not about that to me here. I am there for my patients. “

News Center 7 will update this story with new developments as they occur.

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