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ODH’s COVID-19 Guidance for Schools Won’t Include Mask Mandate

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal ODH’s COVID-19 Guidance for Schools Won’t Include Mask Mandate

BY: SUSAN TEBBEN The Ohio Department of Health said new COVID-19 guidance for schools as they plan for a new school year will include safety recommendations, but no mandate for mask-wearing, even for the unvaccinated. In a press call on Monday, Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer for the ODH, said guidelines would be released on […]

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DeWine Signs Bill Temporarily Banning School COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal DeWine Signs Bill Temporarily Banning School COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

By Jake Zuckerman Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed legislation Wednesday that could block schools from mandating vaccination against COVID-19 for the fall. In the dying moments of the final legislative session before a summer recess, lawmakers tacked the vaccine provision as an amendment onto an unrelated bill regarding educational opportunities for military children. The amendment: Forbids public K-12 schools and […]

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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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Ohio Lawmakers Send Bill Blocking School COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates to Governor

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Lawmakers Send Bill Blocking School COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates to Governor

By Jake Zuckerman After midnight on the last legislative day before summer break, Republican lawmakers passed legislation blocking public schools and colleges from mandating vaccination against COVID-19. The bill, if signed into law, would prohibit public schools and colleges from requiring vaccines that are available under emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. All […]

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Vax-a-Million Program Saw Ohio Vaccination Rate Spike, Then Fizzle

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Vax-a-Million Program Saw Ohio Vaccination Rate Spike, Then Fizzle

By Tyler Buchanan When Ohio’s governor announced a first-in-the-nation vaccine sweepstakes, he acknowledged it might seem like a farfetched idea.  “Now I know that some of you now are shaking your head and saying, ‘That Mike DeWine, he’s crazy. This million dollar drawing idea of yours is a waste of money,’” he said during a public […]

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City Launches Own Vaccine Incentive Program With Urban League

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman City Launches Own Vaccine Incentive Program With Urban League

The City of Columbus will launch a vaccine program to combat vaccine hesitancy and incentivize Columbus residents that have not yet been vaccinated to get the shot. The $275,000 Vaccine Green program will be administered by the Columbus Urban League and will provide $100 to residents for getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine shot or $50 […]

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State’s COVID-19 Vaccinations Hit Slowest Pace Since Last Year

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal State’s COVID-19 Vaccinations Hit Slowest Pace Since Last Year

By Jake Zuckerman The rate of new vaccinations against COVID-19 in Ohio has slowed to a rate not seen since December, according to an analysis of state data. The seven-day moving average of newly vaccine started Ohioans dipped below 10,000 on Sunday for the first time since Dec. 27 —  the tail end of a stretch […]

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