Protestors rally against King Estate Winery's employee vaccine mandate

This comes after King Estate Winery announced last month that they would require all their employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Posted: May 1, 2021 2:10 PM
Updated: May 4, 2021 5:42 PM

EUGENE, Ore. --- Nearly a dozen protestors rallied in front of King Estate Winery in Eugene around 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.

This is in response to the business requiring employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine or else they lose their job.


"Federal law prohibits them from forcing vaccines, specifically the COVID one since it's only under Emergency Use Authorization," protestor Palmer Vilagi said. "It doesn't have FDA approval. It's completely ridiculous. We talked to multiple employees who said they feel pressured and coerced."

The Food and Drug Administration facilitates Emergency Use Authorization during public health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Although not FDA-approved, the COVID-19 vaccine has been rigorously tested on tens of thousands of study participants.

However, being under EUA means recipients of the vaccine have the right to refuse or accept the vaccine. This is why protestors said employees should be given a choice.

"Having businesses force employees to take a vaccine...I think it should be a medical choice between the person and their doctor, and it should not be forced," protestor Jonathan Smith said. 

According to King Estate, any employee who does not wish to be vaccinated can request an accommodation, per their policy and in conformance with all applicable laws. 

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