Sounds of cheer and honking could be heard outside of the old Hopkins County Courthouse in Madisonville as nurses and community members gathered together to protest local hospitals making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for employees.
On Monday an email was sent out to Baptist Health employees in Madisonville saying that all employees must get the COVID-19 vaccine by September or they will face termination by the end of October.
In response nurses joined forces and spoke out against it, planning a rally.
Many, like Kathryn Crowe, came out in support.
"I'm just standing here for these people, including myself because you know am I going to have to have it to go to the grocery store," said Crowe.
The rally even brought out some, like Kevin Reynolds, who are vaccinated.
"I wasn't forced, I chose to be vaccinated. But I'm also supporting those that are unvaccinated that might lose their jobs," said Reynolds.
Many held up signs with the words 'Stop the mandate' and 'My body my choice'. They even broke out into song, singing the National Anthem to signify what they feel is their Constitutional Right as Americans.
Those in attendance said it wasn't just about the vaccine, it's about being coerced into it. They believe it should be a choice, not mandatory.
"If they want to take the vaccine that's fine, let them," said Crowe. "We're not saying no vaccine at all or shot, we're just saying people have the right and I think that people are here to support because they know that it, it's a right."
A big crowd all coming together making sure their voices are heard and hoping the decision to make the vaccine a mandate will no longer be.