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Ohio | July 18, 2021

Ohio’s Vaccine Lottery Didn’t Increase COVID-19 Vaccination Rate: Study

Ohio | July 18, 2021

A study has suggested that Ohio’s pandemic-related lottery, in which people who had a COVID-19 vaccine were entered into a $1 million prize drawing, wasn’t effective.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has frequently touted the alleged success of the state’s Vax-a-Million lottery since it was rolled out several months ago. Children who get vaccinated were entered into a drawing for a full-ride scholarship at one of Ohio’s universities.

Several other states have also offered prizes for individuals who opt to receive the vaccine.

But a new study from Boston University’s School of Medicine compared Ohio with other states that didn’t offer a lottery incentive. Using data procured from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the researchers found that Ohio’s lottery program “was not associated with an increase in COVID-19 vaccinations.”..

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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Ohio | July 16, 2021

Ohio Governor Signs Bill Banning Schools From Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines

Ohio | July 16, 2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed legislation into law on July 14 preventing public schools and universities from requiring people to receive a COVID-19 vaccine that hasn’t been fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus vaccines manufactured by Modera, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson are being administered under the FDA’s emergency use authorization. The vaccines haven’t been fully approved by the agency, although some federal officials have suggested in recent weeks that they will be by the end of 2021.

The law, House Bill 244, will take effect in 90 days and specifically targets COVID-19 vaccines, prohibiting public schools, universities, and colleges from forcing “an individual to receive a vaccine for which the United States Food and Drug Administration has not granted full approval.” However, by the time the law goes into effect in mid-October, most public school and college students will be back in class…

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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Ohio | July 9, 2021

Ohio GOP attorney general prevails in lawsuit alleging Biden relief bill unconstitutionally bars tax cuts

Ohio | July 9, 2021

A federal judge has ruled that a provision in President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 relief bill limiting state tax cuts is unconstitutional, handing a victory to Republicans.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost had filed a federal lawsuit against the Treasury Department and its secretary, Janet Yellen, alleging that a provision in the $1.9 trillion Democratic spending package that prohibits states from using relief funds to offset tax cuts or credits “directly or indirectly” is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Douglas Cole issued the permanent injunction against what Yost dubbed the “tax mandate” on Thursday, ruling that the provision exceeds the federal government’s power over states.

“The federal government has to stay in their lane, and if they don’t, we’re prepared to bump them up against the guardrail and keep them where they belong,” Yost told the Washington Examiner in a Friday morning phone call…

(Excerpts from the Washington Examiner)

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Ohio | July 5, 2021

Ohio Legislature Passes Budget Giving $6 Million to Pregnancy Centers Saving Babies From Abortion

Ohio | July 5, 2021

Yesterday, the Ohio Legislature passed a biennial operating budget which maintained several key pro-life provisions, including funding for pregnancy centers that provide help for pregnant women and save babies from abortion.

The Senate voted 32-1 to accept the report of the Committee of Conference on Substitute House Bill 110, the budget bill for the 134th General Assembly, with the House later accepting the report on a vote of 82-13.

Lawmakers included $6 million for the Ohio Parenting and Pregnancy Program which provides funding for pregnancy centers. The budget also includes pro-life provisions which protect parents’ conscience rights and strengthen requirements for abortion centers to provide emergency medical care for women injured by botched abortions. The require that abortion businesses have an agreement with a local physician to ensure women are treated quickly….

(Excerpts from LIFENEWS)

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Ohio | July 1, 2021

New Study Determines People Who’ve Had COVID-19 Don’t Need to Get Vaccinated

Ohio | July 1, 2021
  • Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic say that people who’ve already had COVID-19 may not necessarily benefit from vaccination.
  • They said that people with prior infection had similar protection to those who were fully vaccinated.
  • Researchers are still uncovering how natural immunity compares to immunity from vaccination.
  • Some health experts are recommending that people who’ve had COVID-19 still get a single dose of vaccine.

A new study from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio has found that people who’ve already had COVID-19 may not necessarily benefit from vaccination.

The research indicates that out of a large pool of healthcare workers, there were nearly 0 cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection among those who had:

  • previously contracted the virus and were unvaccinated
  • previously contracted the virus and were vaccinated
  • never contracted the virus and were vaccinated

(Excerpts from Healthline)

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Ohio, Wisconsin | July 1, 2021

US Sen. Johnson holds news conference with families injured by COVID vaccines, ignored by medical community

Ohio, Wisconsin | July 1, 2021

Ron Johnson (R-WI) and former Green Bay Packers player Ken Ruettgers held a press conference June 28 with families who want to ‘be seen, heard and believed by the medical community’ after suffering adverse reactions to COVID vaccines.

June 30, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) – Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) held a news conference Monday to discuss adverse reactions related to the COVID vaccines — giving individuals who have been “repeatedly ignored” by the medical community a platform to share their stories.

The group that spoke was put together by Ken Ruettgers, a former Green Bay Packers offensive lineman, whose wife suffered an adverse reaction after receiving a COVID vaccine. Ruettgers, who now lives in Oregon, started a website to bring awareness of COVID vaccine reactions to the medical community….

(Excerpts from the Virginia Christian Alliance)

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