‘Only prolong pandemics’: Cuyahoga County health official talks new Ohio law banning school vaccine mandates


CLEVELAND (WJW)– The Cuyahoga County Board of Health held a virtual news conference on COVID-19 Wednesday afternoon.

County Executive Armond Budish expressed his dismay as many county residents continue to refuse to get the COVID-19 shot. He said the county’s mask advisory is continuing for all while gathering indoors.

As expected, health officials did address a new Ohio law that bans public schools from mandating COVID-19 vaccines that do not have full FDA approval.

“Any efforts to prevent schools and universities that choose to require COVID-19 vaccine to protect their staff and students are counterproductive and only serve to prolong the pandemic,” said Cuyahoga County Health Commissioner Terry Allan. “We would discourage that type of legislation at the state level, which will only prolong pandemics and also serve to exacerbate the spread of other infectious diseases.”

According to county health officials, there are currently 400 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents and the county is averaging about 10 deaths per week.

COVID-19 booster shot clinics are going to be taking place once a week, County Executive Armond Budish said in the press conference. People must sign up first. Find all county health COVID-19 shot clinic information right here.

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