On Monday night's Evansville City Council meeting, a resolution opposing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate failed to pass at a vote of six to three.
Evansville residents packed the room during Monday night's meeting to share their thoughts on the resolution, which was filed by Councilman Justin Elpers.
The resolution filed by Elpers said that a vaccine mandate in the city "could be manipulated to restrict freedom" based on protected activities like freedom of speech and religion, adding that there's no need for mandatory vaccines due to things like herd immunity and the vaccine's availability.
"The resolution does take a stance," Elpers said at Monday night's meeting. "An important stance on the issue that not only faces this community but other communities around the area, around the state, around the country."
In total, 15 civilians people took to the podium during the meeting to voice their stance on the resolution.
"I ask you support this resolution as it stands, for freedom of choice and against discrimination," one woman said. "Everyone should have the choice," another attendee of Monday night's meeting chimed in.
While most asked that the council approve the resolution, not everyone held the same point of view.
"Mr. Elpers' resolution has a lot of misinformation in it and non-facts," one man opposing the resolution said. "A lot of this was political theater, and I hope that the council treats it as such."
After nearly two hours passed after the floor opened for public comment, the City Council chimed in.
"Currently as this resolution stands, I am not in favor of it," said City Council President Ron Beane.
"I've reached out to people in the second ward, and the majority of my second ward that I've heard from are against this resolution," said Council Member Missy Mosby.
The council put the resolution to vote, and it wasn't the outcome the majority of the room was hoping for, with the resolution failing to pass at a vote of six to three.
Council members Elpers, Brinkmeyer, and Weaver voted to pass the resolution, while council members Trockman, Mosby, Heronemus, Burton, Beane, and Morley voted against it.
It's important to note that no matter the council's decision, the resolution would only serve as a stance on the matter, carrying no weight of law.