Hundreds protest at Henry Ford hospitals over COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Alyson R. Briggs

The signs spoke the sentiments.

“No jab = no job”

“My body, my choice. Let me call my own shots”

“From heroes to zeros”

Hundreds of people lined the sidewalk in front of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital’s main entrance Saturday to protest the health system’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees, contractors and others.

“We were essential last year, and now we’re your villains,” one woman yelled.

Kathy, of metro Detroit, who works for Trinity Health, takes part in the July 17, 2021 protest against mandatory staff COVID-19 vaccinations at the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital.

The scene was similar in front of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where, as in West Bloomfield, drivers of passing vehicles frequently honked to show support. There also were people protesting at three additional hospitals in the health system — Clinton Township, Wyandotte and Jackson — said organizer Amber Castro of Westland.

“We are not anti-vax. We are not unvaccinated out here. There are people who got the COVID vaccine. We are all out here because we do not believe the vaccine should be mandated,” said Castro, who is not a health care worker but said she is being a voice for these workers.

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