Protesters Impacted By LANL Vaccine Mandate Gather On State Route 4 In White Rock Early Monday Morning

Some 55 protestors, many of them carrying U.S. flags or signs, gathered on State Route 4 in White Rock at 6 a.m. to get the attention of Los Alamos National Laboratory commuters and others, They were protesting LANL’s policy mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees and the termination or placement in leave without pay status of an undisclosed number of employees by LANL last Friday. As of Friday LANL officials said 96 percent of employees are fully-vaccinated and an additional 1 percent have had their first dose. Additional protests are being planned in other locations. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

Protestors stand along State Route 4 early Monday morning at the intersection with Sherwood Boulevard. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

Some of the signs carried by protestors at the junction of Sherwood Boulevard and State Route 4. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

More of the signs held by protestors in White Rock Monday morning. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

Protestors moved to the Pajarito Road intersection as it got brighter outside. Courtesy photo

Protestors at the intersection of State Route 4 and Pajarito Road Monday morning. Courtesy photo

Protestors along State Route 4 at the Pajarito Road intersection. Courtesy photo

Protestors march from the Sherwood Boulevard intersection along State Route 4 to the intersection with Pajarito Road. Courtesy photo