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Hundreds rallied at the Texas State Capitol on Saturday in opposition to vaccine mandates in the state.

Despite pleas from healthcare leaders for more people to get vaccinated, there was a rally against vaccine mandates Saturday at the State Capitol.

According to the East Texans for Liberty PAC, the crowds were gathering for a "Medical Freedom Rally."

Currently, Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order says any organization that gets funding from the State can't mandate COVID-19 vaccines that are under emergency use authorization.

The crowd included physicians who spoke out against vaccine mandates and touted FDA approved drugs that treat the COVID virus, although the FDA is expected to approve the Pfizer vaccine this week.

The rally also comes as many school districts across the state have chosen to defy the governor's executive order, which prohibits most schools from enforcing face mask mandates.

This week, the Austin area broke its record for the most amount of people currently in hospitals, as well as the record for most on ventilators. Health experts have repeatedly reported that a majority of people currently being hospitalized for COVID-19 are unvaccinated.

Multiple reports indicate the FDA is expected to give full approval to Pfizer's two-dose vaccine by Monday.

We'd like to hear your thoughts, your reaction and your opinion. What do you think of the rally? Did you attend this rally? Are you opposed to vaccine mandates? Or do you feel they are warranted. Tell us what you think on Facebook or chat with us on our station app.

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