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Bagel Street Deli sign with the covid-19 vaccination requirement for employment

Bill Would Prevent Ohio Employers From Requiring Vaccinations

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Many businesses are hiring as pandemic restrictions are lifted, and some, such as Bagel Street Deli in Athens, are requiring that employees have the COVID-19 vaccine. This has many people asking: Is this even legal? The short answer is yes. “Right now, both on the federal and state level, there are no… Read More

One of three students receives a Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during Gov. Dewines visit Monday, April 12.

State Issues Urgent Appeal To Prevent Johnson & Johnson Vaccines From Expiring

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There are 200,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Ohio that will expire later this month. Gov. Mike DeWine has issued an urgent communication to vaccine providers to ask them to distribute as many doses as possible as quickly as possible. If you have been wanting the… Read More

Jonathan Carlyle, 40, winner of the $1M "Ohio Vax-A-Million" Lottery.

Father Of Newborn Wins Second Vax-A-Million Sweepstakes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The latest winner of Ohio’s million-dollar vaccine lottery says the sweepstakes was the extra motivation he needed to go get the COVID-19 shot. Jonathan Carlyle, 40, was finishing a shift of delivering packages for Amazon when he found out he won $1M. Carlyle, father of a five-month-old baby, says winning… Read More

The University of Kentucky won’t yet require the COVID-19 vaccination this fall.

Vaccinate U? Contrary To Health Advice, Most Area Schools Won’t Mandate COVID Vaccine

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Roughly a million students attend college around the Ohio Valley, and the student-age population has an especially high rate of coronavirus infection. That’s why some public health advocates say schools should require that students be vaccinated. However, a review by the Ohio Valley ReSource found that of 400 colleges and universities in Kentucky, Ohio, and… Read More

Gov. DeWine receives his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

DeWine Looking For Incentives To Boost Ohio Vaccine Numbers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There are 4.6 million Ohioans who have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, that’s 39% of the state’s total population. State officials are looking at how to create incentive for people who have yet to get the shot. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says the state… Read More

Nurse administers shot at Columbus clinic

Vaccine Privilege: Public Health Experts Say Wealthier Ohioans Have It

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — If you look at Ohio’s vaccination dashboard right now, you’ll see many of Ohio’s highest income counties and those with the highest education levels have the higher vaccination rates. Public policy health leaders say that’s just what they’d expect right now. Dr. Ayez Hyder, assistant professor  at the College of Public… Read More

Phyllis Gibbs of Ballard County, Kentucky, waits after receiving her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Vaccine Hesitancy Hovers Over Ohio Valley Efforts To Get To Herd Immunity

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GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — Phyllis Gibbs wasn’t sure until recently that she’d be here, just a few moments away from receiving a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. “Do you feel sick today?” “Nope,” Gibbs said to the receptionist. “And you give consent for Pfizer to give you a shot today, correct?” “Absolutely.” Gibbs then walked… Read More

Governor Mike DeWine and Fran DeWine visit Heritage Hall College of Medicine on Monday, April 12, 2021, in Athens, OH.

DeWine: Keep Signing Up For COVID-19 Vaccines Even With J&J Pause

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and health officials from across the state urged Ohioans Tuesday to continue signing up for Pfizer and Modena COVID-19 vaccine appointments following a recommendation by federal agencies to temporarily pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson shot. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food… Read More

In this March 31, 2021 file photo, a nurse fills a syringe with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine at the Vaxmobile, at the Uniondale Hempstead Senior Center, in Uniondale, N.Y.

J&J Vaccine Pause Cuts Into Available Doses In The Ohio Valley

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — State leaders around the Ohio Valley will temporarily have fewer doses of COVID-19 vaccine to distribute following the Food and Drug Administration’s decision Tuesday to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Regional officials gave no indication that they will have shortages of vaccines as a result, but the pause… Read More

Kent State University student Marz Anderson gets his Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination from Kent State nurse Beth Krul in Kent, Ohio, Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Ohio Advises Pause On Johnson And Johnson Vaccine As Feds Review ‘Extremely Rare’ Blood Clot Cases

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health are advising all COVID-19 vaccine providers to temporarily pause the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine as federal officials review six “extremely rare” cases of severe blood clotting. The U.S. has administered 6.8 million doses of the Johnson and… Read More

One of three students receives a Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during Gov. Dewines visit Monday, April 12.

Gov. DeWine Encourages Young People To Get COVID-19 Vaccine During Stop At OU Clinic

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(UPDATE 4/13, 10:44 a.m.) A day after Gov. Mike DeWine’s visit to Ohio University’s on-campus vaccine clinic, the state advised a pause on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine as the feds review “extremely rare” blood clot cases. “In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low… Read More

This Dec. 2, 2020, file photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.

Ohio High Schools Encouraged To Partner With Health Officials For Vaccinations

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state is calling on local health departments and Ohio school districts to find ways to connect high school students with the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s part of a month-long effort to vaccinate eligible teenagers and young adults. All Ohioans 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine…. Read More

Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

Ohio Sets Goal Of Vaccinating Most College Students Before Summer Break

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — More than 50 colleges and universities across Ohio are launching COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week, including all 14 public universities. As Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) toured the Schottenstein Center’s vaccination clinic on Ohio State University’s campus, he said thousands of college students around the state will be getting the COVID-19… Read More

This Dec. 2, 2020, file photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.

Push To Vaccinate Ohioans Continues As Cases Plateau

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSKU) — Ohio expects to receive more than half a million doses of COVID-19 vaccine next week, “by far the highest amount that we have received,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a briefing Thursday. He and Ohio Department of Health Medical Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff emphasized the need to vaccinate as many people… Read More

The Cintas Center at Xavier University in Cincinnati is expected to offer up 10,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine Thursday through Saturday.

DeWine On Opening Vaccine Eligibility: ‘We’re In A Race’

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CINCINNATI, Ohio (WVXU) — Gov. Mike DeWine visited the Cintas Center in Cincinnati Thursday, the first day the pop-up mass vaccination site opened in the city. With the site—expected to distribute 10,000 doses over three days—already fully booked, the governor explained why he decided to open up vaccine eligibility to more Ohioans when some older… Read More

Vaccination clinic at Consolidated Baptist Church in Lexington.

Vaccine Experts Answer Your Questions About Pfizer, Moderna And Johnson & Johnson Vaccines


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FRANKFURT, Ky. (OVR) — More than 2.5 million people in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the Moderna or Pfzier COVID-19 vaccines. Little by little, states have received more vaccine doses, but the national supply remains low. However, more promise is on the horizon as the U.S…. Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio)

DeWine: Ohio Will Have 1,300 Schools Vaccinated By End Of Week

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Calling it an “urgent necessity” to return students to the classroom, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says more than 1,300 schools will have their teachers and staff vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of the week. At his coronavirus briefing Tuesday, DeWine outlined the state’s strategy for dealing with the education disruptions levied… Read More