GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – General Electric employees protested vaccine mandates in Greenville County on Thursday.

The protest is taking place outside of the General Electric location on Garlington Road.

“It’s important for me to be out here because of the government overreach and infringement on our personal liberties. What business does the government have telling you what you can and cannot do with your own body, concerning this vaccine,” said GE Employee, Neil Slater.

Several current and retired GE employees are voicing their opposition for a COVID vaccine mandate. A handful of employees told us they are trying to get a vaccine exemption, others are looking for jobs elsewhere.

Leaders with the company announced this week that all employees have to be vaccinated by Dec. 8. Some protesters said it comes down to “medical freedom.”

GE is following federal mandates brought down by President Joe Biden.

You can find a full statement the company sent to 7 News, here:

“On background, as a federal contractor, GE is complying with the executive order which requires employees of federal contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All GE U.S. employees will be fully vaccinated or receive a medical or religious accommodation by December 8th as required in the order.”