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posted by mrpg on Friday May 28, @11:26AM   Printer-friendly
from the what-could-go-wrong dept.

Ohio lawmakers want to abolish vaccine requirements:

[...] Lawmakers are working on legislation to call off the lottery immediately. They're also trying to head off any plans for "vaccine passports." And last month, they introduced a sweeping antivaccination bill that would essentially demolish public health and vaccination requirements in the state—and not just requirements for COVID-19 vaccines, requirements for any vaccine.

[...] State Rep. Beth Liston (D-Dublin) blasted the bill, telling The Columbus Dispatch, "Not only would it prevent schools, businesses and communities from putting safety measures in pace related to COVID, it will impact the health of our children... This bill applies to all vaccines—polio, measles, meningitis, etc. If it becomes law we will see worsening measles outbreaks, meningitis in the dorms, and children once again suffering from polio."

[...] "At its core, this proposal would destroy our current public health framework that prevents outbreaks of potentially lethal diseases, threatens the stability of our economy as it recovers from a devastating pandemic and jeopardizes the way we live, learn, work and celebrate life," the letter said.

[...] "HB 248 would put all Ohioans at risk while increasing the cost of health care for families, individuals and businesses," spokesperson Dan Williamson said. "This proposal applies to all immunizations, including childhood vaccines. If passed, this legislation could reverse decades of immunity from life-threatening, but vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, mumps, hepatitis, meningitis and tuberculosis."

Also: Ohio GOP lawmakers, citing 'need to protect' from vaccines, seek to expand exemptions, nix COVID passports

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by Thexalon on Friday May 28, @05:41PM (1 child)

    by Thexalon (636) on Friday May 28, @05:41PM (#1139755)

    I live in Ohio, in a fairly conservative area, so I'm fairly directly affected by all this nonsense. For instance, there are still signs up announcing support for the former president, and in one case there were briefly swastikas shown on it. Back last year, I noticed that local churches were holding events with large groups of people, all unmasked, who probably believe they were perfectly safe because Jesus.

    The nutjobs in my state got the public health director to quit with a combination of online threats to rape and / or murder her or her family, a group of allegedly-disconnected guys walking around in front of her house with guns 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and law enforcement agencies deciding that no crime was occurring in any of this. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the people involved in that were also busy being totally-not-violent-just-beating-up-cops "tourists" in Washington DC on January 6.

    Since then, their allies in the state legislature have stripped the governor from having pandemic-response powers. This kind of attempt to ban public health response to the pandemic is completely in character.

    The inverse of "I told you so" is "Nobody could have predicted"
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 29, @07:00AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 29, @07:00AM (#1139978)

    > I live in Ohio

    If you don't like it, go live in North Korea if you hate America so much.