HANSON, Ky (WEHT) – A group of workers in a local factory are protesting a vaccine mandate.

Carhartt workers are protesting the company’s vaccine mandate that’s taking place January 4. According to employees, with Carhartt’s mandate, it’s not an option to get tested regularly if you don’t get the vaccine.

Some of the protesters say they aren’t against vaccines, but they feel as if getting one should be optional.

“I think it should be a choice, they think it should be a choice. There’s many aren’t standing here that think it should be a choice. But Carhartt has made it not our choice, they’ve made it mandatory,” said Lance Gary who works for Carhartt.