Johnson & Johnson vaccine suspension – what this means for you

BY: - April 14, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration on April 13, 2021 halted use of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine that has been given to 6.8 million people in the U.S. The pause is due to reports of blood clotting in six people who have received the vaccine. […]

Bill would prevent ‘discrimination’ against unvaccinated people

BY: - April 7, 2021

Sixteen Ohio House Republicans, six of whom have publicly announced their declination to take a COVID-19 vaccine, proposed legislation Tuesday to build legal protections for people who decline vaccinations. Under the bill, governments, schools and private businesses could still impose a vaccine requirement. However, the bill would force them to exempt anyone who submits verbally […]

After plateau, COVID-19 trickles upward in Ohio

BY: - April 7, 2021

Despite an accelerating vaccination effort, COVID-19 is on an upswing in Ohio. There are currently 1,140 Ohioans in the hospital with COVID-19, compared to 839 on March 21. Similarly, in mid-March, about 1,400 Ohioans were contracting COVID-19 per day on average. By the end of the month, the figure hit 1,700, according to data from […]

Ohio politicians condemned for pandemic comparisons to Nazi Germany

BY: - April 5, 2021

To Ohio lawmaker Kris Jordan, the mask requirement and the roll out of optional COVID-19 vaccines are two steps toward an American genocide like that of the Holocaust during World War II. “It’s just a mask, wear it. It’s just a shot, take it,” reads a March 31 Facebook post from Rep. Jordan, a Republican […]

DeWine channels vaccines to colleges, workplaces to speed up rollout

BY: - April 2, 2021

Ohio will surge doses into college campuses and private workplaces as an effort to speed up the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday. Starting next week, the goal is to provide mostly Johnson & Johnson vaccines to any Ohio college student who wants one, DeWine said. Unlike the two other available vaccines from […]


Shot in mom’s arm is reminder of what we’ve taken for granted

BY: - March 19, 2021

It’s easy to forget what vaccines have given us as a society. We’ve forgotten the stories of babies struggling for each breath, not for hours or days, but for weeks due to whooping cough. We’ve largely forgotten the sudden deaths from diphtheria, and panicked summers with children kept indoors for months due to polio epidemics. The […]

26% of unvaccinated Ohioans are hesitant to take the COVID-19 shot, research says

BY: - March 17, 2021

About 1 in 4 unvaccinated Ohioans are hesitant to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a large-scale, nationwide survey of Facebook users. More than 26% of Ohioans surveyed Feb. 21 to Feb. 27 said they will “probably not” or “definitely not” take the vaccine, ranking Ohio the 17th most vaccine-hesitant state in the nation. The […]

Ohio on track to meet Biden push to make all adults eligible for COVID-19 vaccines by May 1

BY: - March 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is directing states to make all adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1, and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said over the weekend the state is on track to do that or better. Biden’s COVID-19 advisers are projecting that enough Americans in priority groups will be able to access […]

Meet the COVID-19 ‘Vaccine hunters’ snagging doses for older Ohioans

BY: - March 12, 2021

Despite her advanced degrees and self-professed tech savviness, Dr. Joanne Hilden, a retired pediatric oncologist, couldn’t pin down an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine she was eligible for. It was like trying to find concert tickets, she said. One site after another, Hilden, 64, would leave her name and information on a list she knew […]

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 […]


Ohio’s children will carry the scars of 2020 for decades to come

BY: - March 4, 2021

The conversation about in-person schooling has shifted substantially in the past few months. While experts have been emphasizing the importance of in-person learning for young children for nearly a year now, public worries about COVID-19 have kept many children out of the classroom. Only now, with vaccination becoming available for teachers, are many school districts […]

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy slows race to defang the virus

BY: - March 3, 2021

By Christine Vestal of Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts All eyes are on the nation’s chaotic COVID-19 immunization rollout, as public health officials struggle to outpace the coronavirus and its variants by quickly inoculating those most likely to be hospitalized or die if infected. But in the months ahead, as the vaccine supply chain […]