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DeWine Still Debating Signing Anti-Vaccine Bill

Dan Konik

Gov. Mike DeWine says he’s still weighing his options on what to do with a bill that includes a provision that bans public schools and colleges from requiring employees and students get COVID vaccines. DeWine has been a strong supporter of COVID vaccines, but has always said he won’t mandate them. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

DeWine says he’s been talking to state universities about whether they want to require COVID vaccines, which are still being used with emergency approval. And DeWine says it’s unknown when the FDA will grant full approval.

“This issue was brought up in a conversation between the governors and the FDA officials with no real answer. So we’re still looking at this.”

Some of DeWine’s fellow Republicans have proposed a bill that would ban all mandatory vaccines, and this provision on COVID shots was added by Republicans to a bill on military kids and school enrollment. DeWine suggests he wasn’t surprised by it.

“I would not say I was blindsided.”

DeWine has 10 days from receiving the bill on June 28 to sign it, veto it or let it become law without his signature.

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