vaccine

Lawmakers send bill blocking school COVID-19 vaccine mandates to governor

BY: - June 29, 2021

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 three […]

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 […]

Ohio House hurriedly passes anti-vaccination amendment into spending bill

BY: - June 24, 2021

In a move that caught even supportive lawmakers by surprise, the Ohio House on Thursday quickly amended a sweeping, anti-vaccination provision into an unrelated piece of legislation and passed it. The legislation prohibits a public or private entity from: The House passed the legislation after more than 600,000 Americans — including more than 20,000 Ohioans […]

COMMENTARY

States with strong lockdowns had better economies and fewer deaths

BY: - June 16, 2021

Just as there’s a lot of sketchy Anti-Vaxxer Propaganda, there are also a lot of flawed attacks upon lockdowns.  But just as lockdowns did shut down the skyrocketing death rates, new economic data reveals that those states that implemented such measures designed to save lives also did a better job of rescuing their economies as […]

Ohio’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout hits slowest pace since 2020

BY: - June 11, 2021

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 when some […]

‘5G towers,’ other conspiracies flourish at hearing on vaccine bill

BY: - June 9, 2021

A doctor warned that vaccinated people might be magnetized and pose a health risk to unvaccinated people around them. A pastor said vaccines contain ingredients like formaldehyde and fetal cells. A nurse sought to prove the truth of “magnetic vaccine crystals.” These statements — none of which are true — came during the Ohio House Health […]

States follow Ohio’s lead in announcing their own vaccine lotteries

BY: - June 3, 2021

What some Ohio lawmakers saw as a wasteful gameshow gimmick, other governors saw as an opportunity.  It took only a few weeks after Gov. Mike DeWine announced the Vax-A-Million for other states to introduce their own vaccine lottery programs. There are cash prizes in Oregon, music festival tickets awarded in Delaware and even custom rifles […]

‘Get a shot and have a beer’: Biden touts free brew, pro sports tickets and child care to boost vaccines

BY: - June 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — Free child care during COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Late-night appointment slots on Fridays. And free beer for everybody over 21 if President Joe Biden’s vaccination goal is reached next month. These are some of the latest incentives and strategies lined up by the Biden administration to boost national vaccinations against COVID-19 leading up to the […]

Mailbag: The lowdown on winning the Ohio Vax-A-Million lottery

BY: - June 1, 2021

You have a 1-in-2.8 million chance of winning the Vax-A-Million, but at least a 1-in-3 chance of enjoying the Ohio Capital Journal Mailbag column. With those odds in mind, let’s get started: Got a question about Ohio politics/government? Send them by email to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. Can you take the Vax-A-Million winnings […]

GOP governor and lawmakers clash over vaccine policy

BY: - May 26, 2021

Through PSAs, press appearances with doctors, and even launching an unheard of $1 million lottery for immunized residents, GOP Gov. Mike DeWine wants to persuade Ohioans to choose to get vaccinated against COVID-19. He said the facts on vaccines, which are credited with saving millions of lives and eradicating smallpox from the face of the […]

COVID vaccination rates jump; new infections wane

BY: - May 24, 2021

The rate of Ohio’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout leapt over the past 10 days, after roughly six weeks of steady decline. The trend likely traces back to a combination of the state’s novel “Vaxamillion” lottery drawings, and the federal government authorizing the use of vaccines on children aged 12-15. Meanwhile, the pace of new infections has […]

With drawing days away, Ohio legislation seeks to stop Vax-A-Million program

BY: - May 22, 2021

Five Ohioans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 are about to win $1 million through a new vaccine lottery program, but a Republican lawmaker wants to call the whole thing off. State Rep. Jena Powell, R-Arcanum, is drafting legislation that would prevent the state from administering any vaccine lottery program.  Hundreds of thousands of Ohioans […]