COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) — Things are changing for Ohio school districts thinking about requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Wednesday, an Ohio law went into effect that bans mandatory vaccinations in public schools.
House Bill 244, signed into law in July, says that public schools and colleges cannot require someone to receive a vaccine that has not been fully approved by United States Food and Drug Administration.
It also says public schools and colleges cannot discriminate against someone who has not gotten the vaccine by requiring them to do activities that differ from those who have been vaccinated.
“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. Vaccines that protect against mumps, measles, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, meningitis, and hepatitis are among those already required for school attendance. That makes good sense. Vaccines are widely proven to prevent the spread of infectious diseases that stand in the way of a child’s ability to learn.”
The bill, seen below, also says this ban doesn’t apply to hospitals owned or operated by a state institution of higher education.
As of now, only the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has received full FDA approval for anyone 16 and older. Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine remains under emergency use authorization for those 12-16 years old.