COVID-19 vaccine

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Over 6.3 million Ohioans have received at least one COVID-19 vacination - and the little card that proves it.  Many people keep that proof 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? Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles posed that question to the head of Ohio’s health department.

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

It's now up to House Republican leaders on what to do next with a bill that grants exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The legislation 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.

Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

A plan to fast track a bill that would grant widespread exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandates hit a road block. Republican leadership hit the brakes, saying they need time to get more members on board.

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Ohio’s hospitals report they are at or near capacity right now because of a surge in COVID patients, as medical professionals overwhelmingly continue to recommend COVID vaccines and masks. Even if the makeshift hospitals set up at the start of the pandemic were stood up again, that won’t solve the problem. There are not enough doctors, nurses and other staff to care for the influx of patients who are trending younger, are sicker, and in nearly all cases, unvaccinated.

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Gov. Mike DeWine spoke out on a bill that would ban mandatory vaccines and so-called vaccine passports, which has been set for a four-hour long hearing next Tuesday, during the legislative break Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports he hinted he’d have a hard time signing it.

Jo Ingles

Most of the state’s major hospitals are requiring their staff to get COVID vaccines. And while that’s been met by pushback from some staffers, it’s welcomed by most others. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports.

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced face masks will soon be required in all municipal buildings. 

The state says nearly 900 employees have taken advantage of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's $100 vaccine incentive offer since he rolled it out last month.

Dan Konik

Members of the Ohio House will be returning to the Statehouse earlier than expected to continue hearings on one bill - to ban vaccine mandates. Republican leadership in the House granted approval for the House health committee to reconvene. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

As the number of COVID-19 cases spikes with the spread of more contagious variants, Central Ohio's hospitals are mandating vaccines for employees.

Ohio Department of Health

State health officials reported 1,769 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday.

Dan Konik

With more than 40% of Ohioans unvaccinated against COVID, the Ohio Department of Health is urging people to get those shots. And they say it’s critical with the way the highly contagious delta variant of the disease is spreading.

In an effort to boost COVID-19 vaccination rates, Columbus Public Health is offering $100 VISA cash cards for residents who begin the vaccination process.

Dan Konik

Now that Ohio lawmakers have passed a bill that prevents public schools and colleges from mandating students and employees get COVID vaccines, the attention turns to Gov. Mike DeWine. Will he sign it? Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports.

OSU Wexner Medical Center

There are 200,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Ohio that will expire later this month. As Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports, 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.

OSU Wexner Medical Center

The COVID-19 case rate continues to drop in Ohio as the state moves into a new era of the pandemic without health orders. But Gov. Mike DeWine says the key is to increase vaccination among a certain portion of the population. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

Andy Chow

The latest winner of Ohio's million-dollar vaccine lottery says the sweeptsakes was the extra motivation he needed to go get the COVID-19 shot. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

Dan Konik

Governor Mike DeWine is releasing more details behind the sweepstakes created to encourage Ohioans to get the COVID-19 vaccine. While legislators from both sides of the aisles are criticizing DeWine’s plan to use federal relief dollars for the million-dollar prizes.

With Ohio moving towards lifting all health orders in the next three weeks, DeWine is making a big push to encourage people to get the vaccine.  

Andy Chow

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) said in a statewide address Wednesday that the state will lift most of its health orders, including the mask mandate, in the next three weeks. He also announced a series of $1 million drawings and other incentives for people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Jo Ingles

With rates of those getting their first shot slowing down, health officials around Ohio continue to reach out to people of color and those living in areas that are COVID vaccine-hesitant. As Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports, some of them are getting the shots.

Office of Gov. Mike Dewine

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 incentives for people who haven't gotten the shot. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

It appears the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations is slowing down in Ohio, while the rate of new cases remains stubbornly high.

Some Ohio COVID-19 vaccination clinics are changing vaccines or pausing after the CDC's recommendation Tuesday to halt use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, but state and health officials remain optimistic the state's vaccination program will continue.

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

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 Johnson vaccine.

State health officials reported 2,742 new cases of COVID-19 in the past hours and 111 new admissions to hospitals. The number of people currently hospitalized with coronavirus has risen to nearly 12-hundred, the highest since the beginning of March.

On the new episode of Prognosis Ohio, part of the WCBE Podcast Experience, host Dan Skinner talks with Max Filby, health and medicine reporter at The Columbus Dispatch. Topics include recent developments with vaccination supply and demand, a recent ebola scare, and lessons learned from the pandemic, both for reporting and for public health in Ohio.

All Ohioans over the age of 16 are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and the state is now targeting the younger cohort.  

More than a dozen mass vaccination clinics around the state are open or about to open, and nearly 30 percent of the state's population have received at least one dose of the vaccine.  

But the more easily transmissible variants are increasing dramatically. 92 cases of the variant were reported less than three weeks ago; the state health department reported 620 variant cases Thursday.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says the state "can't vaccinate fast enough." 

Ohio House Democrats

Nearly all of Ohio’s Democratic lawmakers in the Ohio Legislature have already received COVID-19 vaccines or plan to do so in the near future. And most of Ohio’s Republican legislators have or are doing the same. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports.

All Ohioans over 16 are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. But there are still reports of people having problems finding appointments near home. At a shot clinic in Vinton County Monday, the governor said the state may start moving doses around after it gets its next shipment Tuesday. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.