Protesters outside Mayo Clinic La Crosse say they want a choice

Crowd protested against vaccine mandate

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – A crowd gathered outside Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse on Monday afternoon in protest of the system’s vaccine mandate.

Protesters say they want a choice in whether they’re vaccinated or not.

They argue they shouldn’t be fired for refusing a COVID-19 vaccine.

Tom Brunner, a Clinical Dialysis Technician working for the health system, says employees are not getting a choice.

“The way things are going now, we’re not being allowed to choose,” says Brunner. “It’s either get the vaccine and keep your job, or don’t get the vaccine, and lose your job.”

In a statement to News 8 Now, May Clinic says its staff vaccination rate is at 88%.

It goes on to say, “Mayo Clinic is transitioning to the next phase of its COVID-19 vaccination program, with vaccination required to continue working at Mayo Clinic. A review process will be available for staff to seek medical or religious exemptions.”

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Protesters outside Mayo Clinic La Crosse say they want a choice