Boise State Public Radio
A few hundred community members, including some nurses and doctors, rallied at the Idaho Capitol Thursday morning to oppose local hospitals forcing their workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke’s health systems said last week all of their Idaho employees needed to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, or they could be fired. Religious and health exemptions would be granted on a case-by-case basis.
Several at the rally held signs in the hot sun Thursday saying, “We are nurses, not lab mice,” and “What if I have natural immunity?”
Some wore scrubs, but many more had on pro-Trump gear, or even pro-militia shirts, chanting, “My body, my choice.”
Dr. Samuel Petersen, a dentist in the Treasure Valley, compared forced vaccinations to rape.
“A rapist who threatens the life of their victim to obtain compliance is still a rapist,” Peterson said to cheers in the crowd.