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A technician from the Findlay College of Pharmacy fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a clinic in Reynoldsburg, February 2021.

Booster shots challenge governments during global vaccine inequality

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — COVID-19 was the number one cause of death for people between the ages of 35 to 54 during some months since the pandemic began last year, according to recent data. Meanwhile, as the Delta variant continues to drive infections around the world, the push for booster shots in the U.S. has… Read More

Vaccination form during the coronavirus epidemic in the hands of a vaccinated man.

Here’s What You Can Do If You Lose Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Many who’ve gotten the COVID shot carry that proof of COVID vaccination with them to get into restaurants, concerts, even keep their jobs. But what happens if you lose that card you get along with the shot? Some states have phone apps where cards can be uploaded, and some… Read More

House Commerce and Labor Committee holds informal hearings for HB435.

The Future Of The COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Exemptions Bill Is Unclear


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The legislation, HB435, would allow students and employees in the public and private sector to opt out of the shot if they don’t want it by creating broad exemptions that could be claimed by anyone. But legislators say it’s important to tackle the subject with accurate information. Lawmakers, mostly… Read More

A healthcare worker prepares doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccination clinic at a high school in Los Angeles in August.

Pfizer Officially Asks The FDA To Authorize Its COVID Vaccine For Kids Aged 5-11

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Updated October 7, 2021 at 9:27 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Pfizer and BioNTech are officially asking the Biden administration to authorize the use of their COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Pfizer tweeted on Thursday that the companies had submitted their formal request for Emergency Use Authorization of the vaccine to… Read More

Ross McGregor, Ohio Manufacturers' Association, testifies against HB435

A House Committee Will Hear Up To 14 Hours Of Testimony On Vaccine Exemptions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio lawmakers are preparing for two days of testimony on a bill, HB435, that creates exemptions in state law for people who don’t want to comply with COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The bill would allow students and employees in the public and private sector to claim COVID-19 vaccine mandate exemptions,… Read More

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Kids As Young As 5-Years-Old Will Be Eligible For Ohio’s Vaccine Lottery

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio is launching another COVID-19 vaccine incentive program to give out scholarships to winners of a sweepstakes if they get the shot. But there’s a catch in this new lottery plan. That means the “Vax-2-School” lottery will be postponed, in hopes that approval happens by the end of the… Read More

Ohio University's class gateway at College Green, photographed on May 2, 2019

Ohio University Prepares To Deal With Holdouts As Its Vaccination Deadline Nears

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — As Ohio University draws closer to its COVID-19 vaccination deadline, the number of vaccinated students and employees has steadily increased. But just over six weeks out from Nov. 15, the date by which the university said everyone must be fully vaccinated, about 25 percent of students and employees on the Athens… Read More

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A Plan To Fast-Track Exemptions To COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Stalls

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The bill, HB435, allows students and employees to opt out of getting the COVID-19 vaccine, even if it’s required at school or work. The measure was voted out of committee Tuesday evening after one hearing and was set for a full House vote on Wednesday. But House Speaker Bob… Read More

A technician from the Findlay College of Pharmacy fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a clinic in Reynoldsburg, February 2021.

Vaccine Bill Would Allow COVID Shot Mandates In Ohio, But Would Guarantee Lots Of Exemptions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) —A bill allowing businesses and schools to require COVID vaccines that’s set for a full vote in the Ohio House also guarantee broad exemptions for employees and students. The measure attempts to address elements of COVID-related bans that have been proposed in other bills. But it has opposition from a major… Read More

A healthcare worker administers a dose of a Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a child at a pediatrician's office in Bingham Farms, Michigan, U.S., on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Pfizer Submits Favorable Initial Data To The FDA On Kids’ COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Pfizer and BioNTech are another step closer to seeking authorization for young children to receive the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine, submitting data to the Food and Drug Administration that shows a “robust” antibody response and “favorable” safety outcomes in kids ages 5 to 11 who received the two-dose regimen in clinical trials…. Read More

FILE — 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. The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said it was investigating clots in six women in the days after vaccination, in combination with reduced platelet counts.

Booster Shots Are Coming. Here’s How To Figure Out If You Need One

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — For the past several weeks, Dr. Boghuma Titanji has been swamped with questions about COVID-19 vaccine boosters. Even the experts seem confused, she says. “I’m even getting questions from my colleagues, who are doctors, asking me, ‘What should I do?’ ” says the infectious disease specialist at Emory University. The messaging… Read More

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

Data Show COVID-19 Has Become A “Pandemic Of The Unvaccinated” In Ohio

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — More than half of Ohio’s eligible population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and yet infection numbers are right back where they were a year ago. What’s going on? For starters, the Delta variant driving the recent surge is much more contagious than the initial strain that launched the global pandemic. It’s… Read More

The Ohio House

House Republicans Have Encouraged Yost To Challenge Biden’s Vaccine And Testing Rule

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — State lawmakers are sounding off on President Joe Biden’s proposed rule for businesses to require employees either get the COVID-19 vaccine or be tested for the virus weekly. Rep. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) said nearly 60 Republican House members have signed the letter. Koehler said the Biden rule amounts to… Read More

Supporters of a controversial vaccine mandate ban bill rally at Ohio Statehouse

Watered-Down Version Of Vaccine Mandate Ban Is Introduced In Ohio Legislature

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The sponsor of a controversial bill all mandatory vaccines (HB 248) is trying to force it to the House floor for a full vote. Rep. Jennifer Gross (R-West Chester) has pulled a discharge petition that would put it on the floor for a full vote in the Ohio House… Read More

A technician from the Findlay College of Pharmacy fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a clinic in Reynoldsburg, February 2021.

WATCH: American Academy Of Pediatrics Urges FDA To Approve COVID Vaccines For Children Under 12

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — As the U.S. continues inoculating adults and adolescents, questions remain about vaccinating the 48 million kids under the age of 12. With the delta variant raging, almost five times as many children are being hospitalized for COVID-19. The American Academy of Pediatrics has called on the FDA to pick up the… Read More

Governor Mike DeWine and Fran DeWine visit Heritage Hall College of Medicine on Monday, April 12, 2021, in Athens, OH. DeWine toured the facility and watched as three OU students were given the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and then spoke to the media about the vaccination efforts and supply in Ohio. "Our way to get back to normal is the vaccine, it's the only way to get back."

DeWine Calls Biden’s Vaccine Mandate A ‘Mistake’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) said President Joe Biden’s move to mandate vaccinations at businesses is a mistake saying a federal requirement is not the right approach. Biden announced businesses with more than 100 workers must require COVID vaccinations or regular testing of staff. DeWine has been touting the effectiveness… 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.

Health Committee Reconvening Early For Bill Banning Vaccine Mandates

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Some members of the Ohio House will be returning to the Statehouse earlier than expected to continue hearings on a bill, HB248, that would ban vaccine mandates for most entities. Republican leadership in the House granted approval for the health committee to reconvene at the request of committee chair… Read More

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