Ohio lawmakers ban requiring COVID-19 vaccine at universities

Ohio’s public schools and universities couldn’t require students or employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 under last-minute changes to a bill sent to Gov. Mike DeWine early Tuesday.

Under the proposed changes, public schools and universities couldn’t require vaccines that haven’t received full U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. That includes the three COVID-19 vaccines distributed in America, all of which have been approved via emergency use authorization, which is a rigorous process that includes clinical trials.

“Parents, in consultation with their personal doctors, have the right to make decisions about their children especially for vaccinations that are not fully approved by the FDA,” said Sen. Andrew Brenner, R-Powell. “This is about personal rights.”

The bill wouldn’t apply to public hospitals, such as Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, or private schools and universities.

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