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Ohio’s prison workforce is 28% vaccinated, per state data; lowest rate among all state agencies

BY: - October 22, 2021

Ohio’s prison authority, the largest government agency in the state tasked with overseeing the 43,000 inmates in its custody, is the least vaccinated entity in Ohio’s government, according to state data based on employee-submitted records. About 28% of employees within the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction are vaccinated against COVID-19 and have submitted proof […]

Ohio senator joined anti-vaccine panel hyping debunked, ‘alternative’ COVID treatments

BY: - October 20, 2021

An Ohio senator joined a conference of anti-vaccine advocates hyping “alternative” COVID-19 treatments, several of which like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine are explicitly warned against by regulators, public health officials and medical associations. State Sen. Andrew Brenner, R-Delaware, was introduced as a “surprise special guest” amid a panel that included an anti-vaccination advocate who was indicted […]

Once again, Ohio House ices vaccine mandate bill: ‘We don’t have the votes’

BY: - October 14, 2021

For the second time in three months, House Speaker Bob Cupp halted legislation Wednesday aimed to limit the ability of employers, colleges, hospitals and others to impose vaccine mandates. Cupp’s announcement came amid a flurry of private caucus meetings, unseen proposed amendments, aggressive lobbying tactics and tense rhetoric from members on a heated issue focused […]

Anti-vaxxers rally outside residence of House Health Chairman

BY: - October 13, 2021

A cohort of roughly 15 anti-vaccine activists gathered around an apartment in Gahanna where they believed Ohio House Health Chairman Scott Lipps, R-Franklin, resides — one of three similarly sized protests at residences Friday where they figured he might be. They gathered to protest the Health Committee’s failure to pass sweeping legislation to ban vaccine […]

Taking heat from all sides, House GOP shelves anti-vaccination bill

BY: - September 30, 2021

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 on […]

Ohio Medical Board renews license of doc who claims vaccines make you magnetic

BY: - September 20, 2021

They’re forcing freedom loving Americans to choose between injection of a “deadly” vaccine or testing those who will not comply via torturing them with nasal swabs looking for a “virus that, by some claims, doesn’t even exist.” This claim, equal parts baseless and conspiratorial, appears on a website that solicited funds to the address of […]

History Thursday: When the Supreme Court said yes to vaccine mandates

BY: - September 16, 2021

The vaccine mandate debate may be rejuvenated, but it’s hardly new. The U.S. Supreme Court answered the can-they-do-that question more than 115 years ago. In an era when infectious diseases killed more Americans than any other cause of death, smallpox was ripping through Cambridge, Massachusetts. State lawmakers passed a statute allowing local boards of health, […]

Fewer than 1 in 2 vaccinated against COVID-19 in most Ohio counties

BY: - September 14, 2021

In 66 of Ohio’s 88 counties, fewer than 1 in 2 residents have received at least one dose of vaccination against COVID-19, which has killed more than 661,000 Americans since the pandemic began. The low vaccination coverage, found via an analysis of state data from Sunday, indicates vast swaths of the state remain vulnerable to […]

Analysis: Collision looms in Ohio’s vaccination debate as more mandates stack up

BY: - September 2, 2021

In a sudden and unmistakable shift, Ohio’s vaccine debate transcended from the abstract to concrete. An inevitable collision looms. Even before the pandemic, some Ohio Republican lawmakers have sought to limit the ability of businesses — especially hospitals — to require vaccination from employees. This year, lawmakers have held repeated hearings on legislation to ban […]

Anti-vaccine attitudes thrive at committee hearing; hundreds demonstrate outside Statehouse

BY: - August 25, 2021

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, vaccines themselves […]

Ohio House rep protests vaccine mandates outside area hospital office

BY: - August 16, 2021

An Ohio House representative joined a protest last week outside a Miamisburg hospital that announced a requirement that caregivers receive vaccination against COVID-19. Rep. Rodney Creech, R-West Alexandria, said he joined the demonstration because vaccines should be a matter of personal choice, and it’s not an employer’s place to require them. In an interview, he […]

Ohio lawmaker to retiring anti-vaccine leader: ‘You are wonderful, don’t leave!’

BY: - March 11, 2021

An Ohio House Republican lamented the retirement of an anti-vaccine activist Wednesday amid the largest vaccination effort in U.S. history. Michelle Cotterman — president of Health Freedom Ohio — recently said she will be stepping down from the helm of the organization. Rep. Diane Grendell, R-Geauga, responded to Cotterman’s Facebook post sharing the news. “I […]