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New Bill Would Ban Some COVID Vaccine Requirements In Ohio

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Ohio State House on Tuesday, August 24 in support of a bill that would ban mandatory vaccines in the state.
Jo Ingles
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Ohio Public Radio
Hundreds of people gathered outside the Ohio State House on Tuesday, August 24 in support of a bill that would ban mandatory vaccines in the state.

As the sponsor of a bill to ban all vaccine mandates in Ohio continues trying to force it to a full vote in the House, there's a new bill to bar local and state governments from requiring COVID-19 vaccines.

Rep. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) said the bill, which hasn't been assigned a number yet, applies only to local and state government agencies as well as public schools and universities. It also prevents state hospitals from requiring the shots. And it only applies to COVID vaccines.

“I listened to hours and hours of testimony this spring and summer and the one thing that people could agree on is that government should not be mandating a vaccine,” Koehler said.

Koehler’s legislation is meant to appeal to more lawmakers and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. The chamber testified against the earlier bill. And at that time, it warned lawmakers trying to force a vote on that bill that they could risk losing the chamber’s support.

The sponsor of the initial bill banning 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 of Representatives. But, so far, she hasn't received enough signatures from lawmakers to do that.

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