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Crowd gathers along Omaha street to protest COVID-19 vaccination requirements

Published: Aug. 23, 2021 at 4:38 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Hours after the FDA approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccination for ages 16 and older, more than 100 people gathered Monday afternoon along 42nd Street between Dodge and Farnam streets to protest mandating COVID-19 vaccinations.

Drivers honked their horns in support as the crowd continued to grow along the two-block stretch.

At least 100 people gathered Monday afternoon, Aug. 23, 2021, along a couple blocks of 42nd...
At least 100 people gathered Monday afternoon, Aug. 23, 2021, along a couple blocks of 42nd Street in Omaha to protest employers' mandating COVID-19 vaccinations.(Brian Mastre / WOWT)

Earlier this month, eight Nebraska healthcare systems announced they would be requiring staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Those gathering Monday afternoon said they don’t think that’s fair.

More than 80% of those hospitals’ staff are already vaccinated.

Medical officials believe the FDA approval will most likely lead to more healthcare providers and businesses requiring COVID vaccinations for their employees.

At least 100 people gathered Monday afternoon, Aug. 23, 2021, along a couple blocks of 42nd...
At least 100 people gathered Monday afternoon, Aug. 23, 2021, along a couple blocks of 42nd Street in Omaha to protest employers' mandating COVID-19 vaccinations(Brian Mastre / WOWT)
At least 100 people gathered Monday afternoon, Aug. 23, 2021, along a couple blocks of 42nd...
At least 100 people gathered Monday afternoon, Aug. 23, 2021, along a couple blocks of 42nd Street in Omaha to protest employers' mandating COVID-19 vaccinations.(Brian Mastre / WOWT)

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