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Holzer And O’Bleness Respond To Understaffing And High COVID Numbers With Familiar Pandemic Protocols 

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in Southeast Ohio, causing local health care systems to be stretched thin and re-institute early 2020 pandemic protocols. Holzer Health Systems The number of COVID-19 patients is nearing the highest level from 2020, according to Dr. Mike Canady, the CEO at Holzer Health System. On Monday,… 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.

DeWine Signs Bill Banning Schools, Colleges From Mandating COVID-19 Vaccine Under Emergency Use

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COLUMBUS (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) has signed a bill into law that prohibits public K-12 schools, colleges, and universities from requiring people to get a vaccine if that vaccine does not have “full approval” by the Food and Drug Administration. This applies to the COVID-19 vaccine, which has been approved by the FDA through… Read More

Health Experts Urge COVID-19 Caution For Unvaccinated People This Fourth Of July

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POMEROY, Ohio (WOUB) – People in the region are getting ready for the Fourth of July as the nation falls short of President Biden’s 70% vaccination goal. Michelle Barnhart, a resident of Syracuse, Ohio, said she’ll be marching down the street in Racine, Ohio, this Fourth of July, and afterward going to a barbeque. Even… Read More

A pharmacist labels syringes in a clean room where doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be handled, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at Mount Sinai Queens hospital in New York.

All Ohioans 16 Years And Up Eligible For COVID Shots Starting March 29

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WCPN) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced all Ohioans will qualify for the vaccines by the end of the month, during a news briefing at the state’s first mass COVID-19 vaccination site at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Citing increasing vaccine supply from the federal government, as well as more mass clinics opening… Read More

Vaccination process on Monday, December 14, 2020.

DeWine Says Ohio ‘On Track’ To Make COVID-19 Vaccine Available For Every Adult By May 1

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The national goal laid out by President Joe Biden to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to every adult by May 1 is within reach for Ohio, according to Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio). Vaccine eligibility broadened last week with the inclusion of people over the age of 50, those with Type… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio Residents 50 And Up Eligible For COVID-19 Vaccine Starting March 11

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — Coronavirus vaccinations will expand to include Ohio residents over 50 years of age, those with Type 2 diabetes and those with end-stage renal disease starting Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday. The expansion comes after conversations with county health departments, DeWine said. Counties have worked with community strongholds like churches to… Read More

Vaccination process on Monday, December 14, 2020.

State Sponsoring 15 Mass Vaccination Clinics

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WCPN) — More options will soon be available to eligible people in our region seeking a COVID-19 vaccine. Gov. Mike DeWine announced Friday at a press conference in Cleveland that 15 state-sponsored mass vaccination clinics across the state will soon open. The clinics will be located in Lima, Maumee, Dayton, Columbus, Akron, Youngstown, Cincinnati,… Read More

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

First U.S. Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Doses Shipped Sunday Night

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 4 million doses of the newest COVID-19 vaccine shipped Sunday night, and will begin to be delivered to states for injections starting on Tuesday. The White House said the entire stockpile of the newly approved single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will go out immediately. J&J will deliver about 16 million more… Read More