anti-vaccine

Ohio Health Care PACs Fund Campaigns of Anti-Vaccine Legislators

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Health Care PACs Fund Campaigns of Anti-Vaccine Legislators

BY: JAKE ZUCKERMAN Nearly 3,900 Ohioans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, the most since mid-January, when vaccines were a scarce commodity allocated only to the neediest recipients. Through the pandemic, meanwhile, the Ohio Hospital Association’s PAC has contributed $13,000 to Republican lawmakers who co-sponsored legislation to ban vaccine mandates from hospitals, colleges, and employers in Ohio. Critics of […]

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House GOP Shelves Highly-Criticized Anti-Vaccine Mandate Bill

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal House GOP Shelves Highly-Criticized Anti-Vaccine Mandate Bill

BY: JAKE ZUCKERMAN Ohio House Republicans have pumped the brakes on what was once turbo-charged legislation aimed to restrict abilities of employers and colleges to require vaccination against COVID-19. The House Speaker and top lawmakers introduced the legislation Tuesday afternoon with the intent of the whole House passing it Wednesday. The House Health Committee passed it 11-3 […]

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Ohio House Expected to Vote on Vax Mandate Ban Passed by Health Committee

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio House Expected to Vote on Vax Mandate Ban Passed by Health Committee

BY: JAKE ZUCKERMAN Republicans on the Ohio House Health Committee passed legislation Tuesday banning some COVID-19 vaccine mandates, teeing up fast-tracked passage from the full chamber on Wednesday. The legislation, unveiled minutes before the committee met, is a significantly narrowed approach when compared to some of the other six pieces of proposed legislation targeting vaccine mandates. […]

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Hundreds Demonstrate Outside Ohio Statehouse as Anti-Vaccine Attitudes Thrive at Committee Hearing

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Hundreds Demonstrate Outside Ohio Statehouse as Anti-Vaccine Attitudes Thrive at Committee Hearing

BY: JAKE ZUCKERMAN One day after the Ohio House Speaker announced a “pause” on a sweeping anti-vaccination bill, the House Health Committee spent five hours Tuesday fielding testimony laden with medical claims about vaccines that are diametrically opposed to guidance from state and federal health officials. While the hearing, the bill’s sixth, was ostensibly about legislation, […]

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Ohio House Health Chair Blames Lawmaker for Inviting Doctor Who Gave Viral ‘Magnetized’ Testimony

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio House Health Chair Blames Lawmaker for Inviting Doctor Who Gave Viral ‘Magnetized’ Testimony

By Jake Zuckerman After a discredited doctor’s conspiracy theories involving COVID-19 vaccines, magnetics and 5G towers made a mockery of the Ohio House of Representatives, the Health chairman blamed the sponsor of anti-vaccination legislation for inviting the doctor to testify before the committee. House Health Committee Chairman Scott Lipps, R-Franklin, said in an interview that fellow […]

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Proposed Bill Would Restrict State from Issuing ‘Vaccine Passports’

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Proposed Bill Would Restrict State from Issuing ‘Vaccine Passports’

By Tyler Buchanan Republican-sponsored legislation will seek to prohibit the Ohio government from instituting a “vaccine passport” program, but the drafted proposal does not appear to restrict private businesses from doing so. Rep. Al Cutrona, R-Canfield, is soon introducing this bill in the Ohio House of Representatives. It has already received support from fellow Republican lawmakers. […]

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Judge Knocks ‘Incomprehensible’ COVID-19 Lawsuit Against Ohio Health Department

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Judge Knocks ‘Incomprehensible’ COVID-19 Lawsuit Against Ohio Health Department

By Jake Zuckerman A federal judge expressed tremendous skepticism of a lawsuit alleging “absolute tyranny” of the Ohio Department of Health’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, deeming the plaintiff’s arguments nearly “incomprehensible.” U.S. District Judge James G. Carr didn’t rule on ODH’s motion to dismiss the suit, which was filed by a self-described citizens group called […]

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