vaccination

DeWine signs bill to temporarily ban school COVID-19 vaccine mandates

BY: - July 15, 2021

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: It passed on […]

State school board member asks Ohio supt.: ‘Are you paid by Bill Gates?’

BY: - July 15, 2021

During a recent state school board discussion of student vaccinations, a board member offered a question to the Ohio superintendent of public instruction. “I’m just wondering what kind of influence Bill Gates does have on you … “Are you paid by Bill Gates?” board member Diana Fessler asked Supt. Paolo DeMaria. The comments came during […]

Misinfo thrives at Spanish-speaking vaccination site; health workers are fighting back

BY: - July 6, 2021

LORAIN — Wanda knows she’s lucky to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Her three adult-aged children in the Dominican Republic haven’t yet had the chance — there are too few doses for too many people to go around. In the United States and Ohio in particular, the inverse is true: There’s an abundance of vaccines and […]

DeWine, top lawmakers met with national anti-vax leader in 2019

BY: - July 1, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine and legislative leaders in the Statehouse met in 2019 with Robert Kennedy Jr., a scion of the American political dynasty and a leading voice of anti-vaccination politics. Kennedy, son of U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, came to the Statehouse to speak in support of legislation […]

Ohio judge adds COVID-19 vaccination as terms of probation

BY: - June 25, 2021

A Franklin County judge recently began including vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of defendants’ terms of probation. Common Pleas Judge Richard Frye said Thursday he added the vaccine as a condition on three cases this week of the roughly 20 sentences he imposed. He said he discussed the matter in open court with the […]

‘Tell the truth,’ Louisiana college president says of struggle to vaccinate returning students

BY: - June 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Leaders in higher education from Florida and Louisiana on Thursday related how colleges coped with a rough year of online learning and vaccine distribution amid the pandemic, during a hearing before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. The hearing included Dr. Reynold Verret, the president of Xavier University of Louisiana, a historically […]

States struggle to draft COVID-19 vaccine plans while in the dark on details, funding

BY: - October 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — Across the hundreds of pages of plans that state officials sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on distributing and tracking the yet-to-be-approved COVID-19 vaccines, there are more questions so far than answers on how exactly vaccine programs will be carried out. Yet states will be on the front lines for […]

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Amid pandemic, getting annual flu shot is more important than ever

BY: - September 1, 2020

In 1796, English physician Edward Jenner made an observation: when deliberately exposed to cowpox – a relatively mild illness spread routinely from cattle to humans – patients developed immunity not just to cowpox, but to smallpox, a deadly virus that had killed countless individuals around the world throughout recorded history. The first vaccine was invented, […]

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What Ohio can do to fight coronavirus

BY: - March 4, 2020

Last week, Nancy Messonnier, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, released a statement on coronavirus’s likely spread to the United States, saying that “It’s not a question of ‘if,’ but rather a question of ‘when’ and how many people in this country will have severe […]